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Addressing Congress: What is Mr. Netanyahu’s Key Objective?

Addressing Congress: What is Mr. Netanyahu’s Key Objective?

The expected Tuesday address to U.S Congress by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has stirred vibrant debates about the potential impact of the address on U.S.-Israeli relations and on the fate of ongoing nuclear negotiations between U.S. and its chief regional adversary: Iran.

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Candid Discussions: Sadjadpour on Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

Candid Discussions: Sadjadpour on Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

Mr. Sadjadpour recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Saudi-Iranian dynamics and the increasing sectarian rivalry between the two Middle Eastern heavyweights.

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Candid Discussions: Charles Crawford on Speechwriting

Candid Discussions: Charles Crawford on Speechwriting

Charles Crawford CMG is a public speaking and negotiation expert. He worked for 28 years in the U.K. Diplomatic Service, including three postings as British Ambassador to Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Warsaw, before starting a private consulting career in communication technique. In his early diplomatic career he served as Speechwriter in …

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Candid Discussions: Gissou Nia on Iran’s Human Rights in 2014

Candid Discussions: Gissou Nia on Iran’s Human Rights in 2014

Ms. Nia sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Iran’s human rights record in 2014 and share her perspectives on the challenges the Iranian society faces in greater recognition of human rights.

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Ten Most Important Books of the Year

Ten Most Important Books of the Year

Ten of the most important books from 2014 that reflect developments of the past year in international affairs.

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Worse than a Defeat

Worse than a Defeat

Was the British Army an effective force in bringing stability and order to Iraq’s Shiite heartland in Basra? Were British troops efficient and effective in confronting the insurgencies they faced in Afghanistan and Iraq? And, as a major Western military power, did they study their enemy?

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A Candid Discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill

A Candid Discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill

Ambassador Hill sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss his new book and share his views on U.S. foreign policy.

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Candid Discussions: Jan Egeland on the Plight of Syrian Refugees

Candid Discussions: Jan Egeland on the Plight of Syrian Refugees

Jan Egeland recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss the plight of Syrian refugees, which has been reflected in a newly released report jointly produced by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Islamic State (IS)

A Comprehensive Analysis of the Islamic State (IS)

Some describe it as the result of a disengaged American foreign policy; some look at it as a byproduct of an aggressive post-Saddam Iranian foreign policy in the region; then there are those who regard it as a creation of Sunni Arab states to undermine Assad and Iranian interests and contain Iran’s ambitious foreign policy in the region.

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Candid Discussions: Avinoam Bar-Yosef on the State of Israel and Jewish Diaspora Relations

Candid Discussions: Avinoam Bar-Yosef on the State of Israel and Jewish Diaspora Relations

Avinoam Bar-Yosef is the President and the Founding Director of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPI), an independent policy planning think tank based in Jerusalem.

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Whose Side is Turkey on?

Whose Side is Turkey on?

In a new piece in the London Review of Books, Patrick Cockburn writes on the rise of the Islamic State — also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — and elaborates in detail on the factors that have contributed to its military success in Syria and Iraq despite American air raids against the group since August of this year.

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UNICHEF: Top Chefs Gather in Support of the World’s Children

UNICHEF: Top Chefs Gather in Support of the World’s Children

In a unique collaboration, 40 world-class chefs have come together in support of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and created what is essentially an international culinary travelogue, offering recipes that detail tastes and key culinary choices from different parts of the world.

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Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Akın Ünver sits down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Turkey’s current foreign policy challenges and the situation in Kobane.

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Candid Discussions: Mohsen Milani on Iran and the Middle East Crisis

Candid Discussions: Mohsen Milani on Iran and the Middle East Crisis

Mohsen Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida, where he is a professor of international relations.

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Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression.

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About the Author

Reza Akhlaghi
Reza Akhlaghi

Reza Akhlaghi is an Editor and Senior Blogger at the FPA Blogs. Reza launched 'Candid Discussions'; interviews with influential policy makers, writers, and media personalities in the field of foreign policy and international security. He is also a contributing writer to a number of publications, writing on international affairs.

Reza holds a Double Major BA Honors in English Literature and Communication Studies from York University in Toronto; an MA degree in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary in Alberta; and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Reza is fluent in Persian, Turkish, and English, and has working knowledge of Korean. He tweets from @RezaAkhlaghi

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