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The UN Post-2015: Great Decisions Spring Updates

The UN Post-2015: Great Decisions Spring Updates

With Ban Ki-Moon’s term as the United Nations Secretary-General ending this year, many candidates have been put forward to replace him.

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The Fall of ISIS Begins with Mosul

The Fall of ISIS Begins with Mosul

Taking back Mosul would be a key victory for the Iraqi Army and coalition forces and a disastrous defeat for the Islamic State.

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NATO Back on Dual-Track?

NATO Back on Dual-Track?

NATO should strengthen both aspects of this renewed dual-track policy—responding to the security needs of its most exposed members, while at the same time advocating dialogue and transparency to diffuse tension in their relations with Russia.

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The Collapse of Chavez’s Venezuela

The Collapse of Chavez’s Venezuela

Problems for Venezuela and its president Nicolas Maduro continue to mount as the country heads inexorably towards its collapse.

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The Future of Kurdistan: Great Decisions Spring Updates

The Future of Kurdistan: Great Decisions Spring Updates

The Kurds are often hailed as the West’s most reliable partner in the fight against the Islamic State. At the same time, they have taken advantage of the chaos in the region to get closer to achieving their dream of statehood.

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The Rise of ISIS: Great Decisions Spring Updates

The Rise of ISIS: Great Decisions Spring Updates

ISIS’s increased activity abroad is a sign of weakness rather than strength: the group has lost around 20% of its territory in Syria and over 40% in Iraq since its peak expansion in August 2014.

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Parallel Diplomacy in Conflict Resolution: Hope for a Safer World

Parallel Diplomacy in Conflict Resolution: Hope for a Safer World

Where governments are unable or unwilling to venture, at least publicly, for fear of losing credibility with their electorates or their allies, parallel diplomacy can offer a way forward.

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Palmyra and the Battle over History

Palmyra and the Battle over History

The ancient city of Palmyra has been the stage for mass executions, the destruction of cultural heritage, battles between ISIS and Syrian government forces, and now in an absurd turn of events, a concert put on by Russia’s Mariinsky Theater Orchestra.

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Iran’s Delicate Balancing Act

Iran’s Delicate Balancing Act

Simultaneously courting the West and expanding its influence beyond its borders could work in the short-term. But in the short-term only.

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Pinkwashing and the Tel Aviv Pride Parade

Pinkwashing and the Tel Aviv Pride Parade

In a bold statement, Israeli LGBTQ community leaders have threatened to cancel the highly popular Tel Aviv Pride Parade that is slated for June 3.

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The Debt Crisis and the U.S.-Puerto Rico Relationship

The Debt Crisis and the U.S.-Puerto Rico Relationship

Recently, this relationship has been called into question as Puerto Rico faces a looming debt crisis that could set the island’s economy back by more than a decade.

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Putin Emerges as a Winner in the Panama Papers Scandal

Putin Emerges as a Winner in the Panama Papers Scandal

Despite economic turmoil and challenged political credibility of Russia on the world stage, the Panama Papers revelations will not pose a significant threat to the stability of Putin’s regime but will worsen Russia-U.S. relations and the country’s image in the West.

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IDF shooting in Hebron challenges Israeli democracy

IDF shooting in Hebron challenges Israeli democracy

On March 24, a video of an Israeli soldier shooting an incapacitated Palestinian point blank in the head was released. The incident has split the country.

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Panama Papers Leak and the Growing use of Tax Havens

Panama Papers Leak and the Growing use of Tax Havens

Over 11 million leaked financial documents related to offshore tax havens has shed light on a large network of corruption and embezzlement that involves 12 current or former world leaders and some 130 politicians from around the globe.

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Can China be Deterred in Cyber Space?

Can China be Deterred in Cyber Space?

Whether the threat of sanctions and loss of face will deter actual behavior of the complex organization we summarize as “China” remains to be seen.

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