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America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Scott Bleiweis

America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Scott Bleiweis

Diplomacy today is changing, especially with regard to technology and the availability of instant communication. Imagine how the Cuban Missile Crisis might have unfolded differently in our time.

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A journey to Kurdistan

A journey to Kurdistan

Much has been written and discussed about Kurdistan and its place (literally and figuratively) in the Middle East. Yet it’s challenging to see through rhetoric and conjecture, and learn what it is actually like to be in Kurdistan.

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Politically-backed Fighting Forces: The Key to Kurdistan’s Future?

Politically-backed Fighting Forces: The Key to Kurdistan’s Future?

Iraqi Kurdistan is protected by its fierce and respected military forces, the peshmerga. Yet, each of the two main political parties in Kurdistan controls its own peshmerga regiments, using them to gain influence over other political agencies.

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Promise and Problems for new U.S.-India Defense Cooperation

Promise and Problems for new U.S.-India Defense Cooperation

The United States and India took significant steps toward a stronger defense partnership in recent weeks, but major challenges still lie ahead.

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Antagonism with Russia Shifts to Courtrooms

Antagonism with Russia Shifts to Courtrooms

High profile court cases have become the latest battleground between familiar adversaries: Russia and the West.

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Syrian Conflict Drags On

Syrian Conflict Drags On

Even though world attention has moved on to other crises, the horrific, destructive conflict in Syria drags on.

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The potential of upgrading India’s cities

The potential of upgrading India’s cities

On June 25, 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plan to modernize the infrastructure of 100 cities. The Indian government is devoting $7.5 billion to the initiative, with a goal of completing the upgrades by 2022.

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Climate change latest battleground in India-Pakistan relations

Climate change latest battleground in India-Pakistan relations

Relations between India and Pakistan have been notoriously frosty for decades. But the two long-time adversaries will soon need to work together to effectively combat literal frost: in other words the effects of climate change.

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Standoff amongst Russia’s power elite in wake of opposition leader’s murder

Standoff amongst Russia’s power elite in wake of opposition leader’s murder

The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov acted as a sobering reminder of Vladimir Putin’s ironclad grip on power.

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Modi, India reformists face major test with budget unveiling

Modi, India reformists face major test with budget unveiling

Tired of corruption and stagnation, India voted the reform-minded Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power in May 2014.

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Brazil wants to increase taxes to address inequality. Will it work?

Brazil wants to increase taxes to address inequality. Will it work?

The U.S. is not alone in trying such a tactic; Brazil is also looking to lowering inequality by raising taxes.

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Latest salvo against political opponents in Turkey

Latest salvo against political opponents in Turkey

In April 2014 I touched on attempts to expose corruption among government leaders in Turkey. It is sad to hear that this struggle continues, and those in power are taking increasingly aggressive measures to stay there.

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Hagel, Pentagon say U.S. falling behind in warfare technology

Hagel, Pentagon say U.S. falling behind in warfare technology

At a defense conference on Nov. 15, 2014, outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel put in stark terms how the U.S. is losing its dominant status in military technology. In a memo to Pentagon officials launching the Defense Innovation Initiative, Hagel plainly stated, “We are entering an era where American dominance in key warfighting domains is eroding.”

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Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

To say the least, the government of Turkey has long had a contentious relationship with the country’s Kurdish population.

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First move toward completely renewable energy system

First move toward completely renewable energy system

Most people have never heard of El Hierro, westernmost of the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. But this tiny outpost, population 10,000, may well become a model for larger communities and countries seeking energy independence.

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About the Author

Scott Bleiweis
Scott Bleiweis

Scott Bleiweis writes on international relations topics for FPA. He has a M.A. in democracy studies and conflict resolution from the University of Denver, and a B.A. in Politics/International Studies from Brandeis University. Scott was formerly a Fulbright education scholar in Bulgaria (views in this blog are his own, and do not represent those of the Fulbright organization or U.S. government).

Scott supports Winston Churchill's characterization of the complex form of government known as democracy: “Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

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