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Media Storm Resurrects Discredited Claims about Iranian Resistance Group

Media Storm Resurrects Discredited Claims about Iranian Resistance Group

As President-elect Trump picks his Secretary of State, discredited claims about an Iranian resistance group—the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)—resurface.

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Forecasting Unconventional Elections: What Can Be Done?

Forecasting Unconventional Elections: What Can Be Done?

The polling industry must be strengthened, not discredited. It remains crucial in an era in which markets are hypersensitive to political outcomes.

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Are Cold War Politics Back?

Are Cold War Politics Back?

The Clinton campaign linked hacks of the DNC to Russia. Snowden took refuge in Moscow. And the Obama administration has been linked to hacking of close allies.

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Be Careful What You Wish For, China

Be Careful What You Wish For, China

While many Chinese distrust Hillary as an aggressive hawk, others are rethinking their support for a Donald Trump presidency as fears over a trade war grow.

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Something To Hope For In An Inauguration Speech?

Something To Hope For In An Inauguration Speech?

What could a passage on foreign policy in President Trump’s inaugural speech look like? We take a stab at it.

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Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand up

Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand up

From immigration to the role of international institutions, Trump appears to maintain “both a public and a private position” on key foreign policy issues.

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On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

In foreign policy, a nation acts as a singular entity, with citizens’ identity reflected in its conduct. Today, our discourse projects our political dysfunction.

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Anti-Semitism in the Trump Campaign

Anti-Semitism in the Trump Campaign

A Trump advisor argues that there is no anti-Semitism in its candidate’s campaign, but that it is rampant in the Clinton camp. Classic Trump gaslighting.

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To Pardon or Not to Pardon: The New Snowden Debate

To Pardon or Not to Pardon: The New Snowden Debate

Proposals to pardon Edward Snowden before the end of the Obama administration have revived the debate over his actions and their consequences.

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Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Has Obama has been taking the “least bad” course on Syria? Reflecting on the last two decades of U.S. foreign policy interventions, the answer is yes.

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Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt II)

Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt II)

Diplomacy today is mobile, continuous, and often time-urgent. The technology, on the other hand, is stationary and only intermittently available.

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Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt I)

Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt I)

The tension between diplomacy and security within the State Department, and mismatched technology, are the real issues in the Clinton e-mail affair.

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“Preserving” Primacy is Both Delusional and Self-destructive

“Preserving” Primacy is Both Delusional and Self-destructive

Global economic interdependency and states’ pursuit of self-interest in today’s multi-polar world combine to undermine U.S. efforts at primacy.

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Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social media is now on the front lines of many international conflicts with clicks and ‘follows’ being the new version of voting with your feet.

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Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

In the eyes of Russia, Iran, American allies and many Americans themselves, the United States is no longer guiding foreign policy in the Middle East.

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