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Obama’s tough choice on Iraq: cooperation with Iran

Obama’s tough choice on Iraq: cooperation with Iran


Yesterday President Barack Obama spoke to media in the White House briefing room in order to provide an update on his government’s approach to the situation in Iraq. The Commander-in-Chief, looking visibly tired, told reporters that under his direction the U.S. has increased its …

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The Syrian Presidential Election is Washington’s Problem

The Syrian Presidential Election is Washington’s Problem


Syrians lined up today to vote in what was billed by government and allied media outlets as the first multi-candidate election under the Assad family rule. In the run up to the June 3 polls the regime of Bashar al-Assad undertook a savvy public …

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The Reductio ad Absurdum of Iran Containment

The Reductio ad Absurdum of Iran Containment

Editor’s Note:

The following is a contributing piece by Jahandad Memarian. Mr. Memarian is a senior research fellow at Nonviolence International and a contributor to Al-Monitor and the Huffington Post, He holds an M.A. in Western Philosophy from the University of Tehran and was previously an Iranian Fulbright scholar at the …

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FPA: The Most Significant Books of 2013

FPA: The Most Significant Books of 2013

The waning days of 2013 is a time of reflection on the most significant events of the year. It’s also a time to take a look at the most significant, controversial, and attention-grabbing books of the year. This year at the FPA, I picked the books in four categories:  U.S. …

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The Conventional Wisdom is Schizoid about U.S. Power

The Conventional Wisdom is Schizoid about U.S. Power

The conventional wisdom about America’s global standing wants to have it both ways.  The narrative about last month’s fiscal melodrama in Washington emphasizes how wildly dysfunctional domestic politics are quickening the country’s strategic decline and how China is emerging as the beneficiary.  Yet at the same time the outrage over …

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Surprises in the Kennan Legacy

Surprises in the Kennan Legacy


The cover photo of George Kennan on the paperback edition of  John Lewis Gaddis’ biography shows a man of ease and erudition – an approachable professor. By contrast, the initial hardcover edition shows an expressionless man in hat and overcoat, stoic …

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Egypt’s Repressive Model and Muzzling Soltan

Egypt’s Repressive Model and Muzzling Soltan

 

While the coup and the ensuing repressive bloody outcome was, by and large, propelled by indigenously Egyptian political dynamics, it is naïve to assume that there were no geopolitical dynamics at play.
The monarchies that poured petro-dollars into Egypt to support the …

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Private Enterprise and the U.S.-China Power Contest

Private Enterprise and the U.S.-China Power Contest

A central focus of this blog is handicapping the global power sweepstakes between the United States and China. And a regular theme here is the role private enterprise is playing in revitalizing U.S. strategic power – whether it’s in the

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The World without US (2008)

The World without US (2008)


Now that the U.S. has been poised to strike Syria militarily, it is helpful to consider the United States’ role in the world.
The premise of this documentary is intriguing: what if the United States removed all of its troops and military hardware from the …

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Strike on Syria: What Kind of World?

Strike on Syria: What Kind of World?

President Woodrow Wilson has long fascinated me. He is one of those presidents that is a giant in history, but few people know much about him. Steven Spielberg has never made a movie about him, you don’t hear his name referenced on the Sunday talk shows, and he seems entirely …

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Yes, I Speak Intervention

Yes, I Speak Intervention

With a nod to Clausewitz, sort of, the language of politics is also the language of war. Arguments promoting a certain philosophy can also justify (or condemn) military action and be another weapon on the battlefield.
And so the first shots — er, sound bites — rang out Tuesday morning in …

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U.S. Energy Boom: Thank You George Mitchell

U.S. Energy Boom: Thank You George Mitchell

The future is not what it used to be due to George P. Mitchell, the Texas wildcatter who passed away last week.*  He helped usher in a new era of American dynamism by perfecting the hydraulic fracturing techniques (“fracking”) that have unlocked vast gas …

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South Korea’s American Century

South Korea’s American Century


More than any other nation, America helped create today’s Republic of Korea (ROK). A U.S.-led U.N. coalition defended the South following the North’s invasion in June 1950. It negotiated the terms of the armistice signed sixty years ago this month. It …

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Sometimes a cigar is just a stogie

Sometimes a cigar is just a stogie


 
This past week was one that offered sharp reminders that – under the veneer of white papers and white lies — reality can bite.
In other words – hello, why are you surprised at these “surprises.”
Let’s start with an easy one. Who …

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Can Snowden Stop a Trade Agreement?

Can Snowden Stop a Trade Agreement?


The impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations is broadening in scope. When his initial leaks appeared in late May, they were greeted as a forcing event. Whether one saw Snowden as a patriot or a traitor – he’s certainly a lawbreaker – …

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