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United States Watching China in Africa

United States Watching China in Africa

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece detailing some of the methods behind China’s expansion into the African continent. The informative article not only does a nice job detailing specific cases of African and Chinese government business partnerships, but ties …

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Turkey: Turning to the East

Turkey: Turning to the East


When eminent scholar Walter Russell Mead tackles a subject he does not do it on the cheap. One of his latest long articles attempts to discern the current trajectory of Turkey’s foreign policy and …

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China’s View of America and Europe’s Debt and Their Efforts To Get It Under Control

China’s View of America and Europe’s Debt and Their Efforts To Get It Under Control

With America’s latest market crash, the debt debate seems so ‘last week’ (hey, it was last week!), there is still much to learn from the tumultuous process. Niall Ferguson attempts to provide an outside perspective on the whole debt limit battle. It’s …

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Iran-Al Qaeda: Partners After All

Iran-Al Qaeda: Partners After All

It’s not exactly yellow cake, but the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the US Treasury Department accused Iran of aiding and partnering with Al Qaeda:
The U.S. for the first time formally accused Iran of forging an agreement with al Qaeda, …

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A Rising China: Two Perspectives

A Rising China: Two Perspectives

I just spent my Saturday morning doing some solid nerding. By that I mean, I read two great articles about that rising behemoth, China. The first was ‘China’s Bumpy Road Ahead by international consultant and geopolitical analyst Ian Bremmer. Bremmer, has a …

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The Challenged American Liberal World Order

Preeminent international relations scholar G. John Ikenberry’s article ‘A World of Our Making‘ is his latest piece defending and promoting the extension of the liberal world order. Ikenberry is a strong believer in international norms and institutions that have been …

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Henry Kissinger On China's Past and Future

Henry Kissinger On China's Past and Future

Just as I was finishing the Kissinger/Nixon ‘Detente’ chapter of John Lewis Gaddis’ “Strategies of Containment“, I came across this excerpt from Henry Kissinger’s new book “On China”. Kissinger, whose strategic leadership …

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Iran Training Militants in Latin America

While reading one of my favorite foreign policy blogs, The Compass, I came across this interesting story of Iran’s secret training of militant forces in Latin America, specifically Venezuela, by Fausta Wertz. Wertz apparently came across the story in the

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The Death of Osama Bin Laden

‘World is Safer and Better Place Because of the Death of Osama bin Laden’
President Obama
You got that right, Mr. President. The death of Osama Bin Laden, the perpetrator of numerous crimes against the United States and humanity, including mass murder, at the hands of an American soldier …

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The New Cold War: Saudi Arabia Vs. Iran

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published this fascinating piece on the rising, so far just cold, conflict between Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and Shia-led Iran. Now these two regional powers have been in competition since the fall of …

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Libyan War: Know Your Friends

Libyan War: Know Your Friends

Everyone would agree that the United States needs to take their enemies seriously, know who they are, and what they stand for. This is why I get so frustrated when the Obama administration has gone out of the way to not use the words ‘terrorism’, ‘Islamism’, and …

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Rep. King Hearing: Homegrown Terrorism is a Real Threat

Rep. King Hearing: Homegrown Terrorism is a Real Threat

There has been some push back coming against Congressman Peter King’s scheduled hearing on the threat of homegrown terrorism to American national security. A prime example comes from the New York Times editorial page, where Bob Herbert proclaims:
Representative Peter King, …

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Defense Spending Cuts: They Will Have Costs

I recently read Robert Kagan’s article ‘The Price of Power‘. Here’s his intro:

The looming battle over the defense budget could produce a useful national discussion about American foreign and defense policy. But we would need to …

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The United States, China, and the Middle East Revolutions

It’s hard to throw a virtual rock nowadays at any foreign affairs publication and not find statements of the demise or fall of American power. In many ways, these are accurate statements as American economic power is falling in proportion to some of the rising economies around …

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Iran: Great Powers Collide

Iran: Great Powers Collide

This is a guest post by Patrick Frost, a Senior Blogger at FPA:

In the past couple days, the world’s great powers have been busy courting and challenging the Middle East’s prospective regional power, Iran. To most people’s surprise, the leaders of Turkey and Brazil

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About the Author

Patrick Frost
Patrick Frost

Patrick Frost recently graduated from New York University's Masters Program in Political Science - International Relations. His MA thesis analyzed the capabilities and objectives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Central Asia and beyond and explored how these affected U.S. interests and policy.

Areas of Focus:
Eurasia, American Foreign Policy, Ideology, SCO

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