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The Arab World and the Security Crisis in Syria and Iraq

The Arab World and the Security Crisis in Syria and Iraq

Karen Elliot House, Bessma Momani, Kamran Bokhari and Ayham Kamel joined Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss the growing regional instability, Arab policy, and the breakdown of security structure in Iraq and Syria.

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The FPA’s Must Reads (July 12 – July 18)

The FPA’s Must Reads (July 12 – July 18)

Our favorite longform articles and blogs from around the web this week.

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Latest Analyses on the Situation in Gaza

Latest Analyses on the Situation in Gaza

With the situation in Gaza and Israel entering a critical stage, Foreign Affairs has put together a package of articles that offers analyses from subject experts on the crisis. The articles in this package cover different aspects of the conflict such as the future of Israeli democracy, the ability of Egyptian president El-Sisi to …

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GailForce: Are we or are we not still at war with Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents (AQAA)?

GailForce: Are we or are we not still at war with Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents (AQAA)?

The further backward you can look, the further forward you can see. – Winston Churchill
One of my pet peeves is a friend or acquaintance coming up to me and saying: “Gail, where have you been? I haven’t seen you around for a long time.” I know I’m being cranky, but …

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Globalization has not reached Somalia, but ‘junglification’ has

Globalization has not reached Somalia, but ‘junglification’ has

 

Considering the violent political unrest in various parts of the world, many accept the claim that the 21st century will go down in history as a period of global reorder, perpetual insecurity and bloodshed. If the grim headlines of the first decade could be taken as forecasts of the storms …

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Dissecting China’s $1 Trillion in Investments Globally

Dissecting China’s $1 Trillion in Investments Globally

 

While China is generously endowed with hydrocarbon resources, its chief energy concern centers on ensuring access to energy supplies to meet its demand needs. Toward that goal, China has started investing in both the upstream oil, and petrochemical sectors worldwide — particularly in Africa, and more recently through joint ventures …

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China, Japan’s Collective Self Defense, and U.S. Interests in Asia

China, Japan’s Collective Self Defense, and U.S. Interests in Asia

On July 1, the U.S. simultaneously engaged in a naval exercise of co-operation with Chinese units, and one implicitly aimed at resisting China. On the same day, Hong Kong protesters marked the anniversary of China’s re-assumption of sovereignty there with their annual demonstration for democracy. Japan …

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China Reaches the Equivalent of Peak U.S. Energy Imports Dependence

China Reaches the Equivalent of Peak U.S. Energy Imports Dependence

There are 1.3 billion people in China. That is more than 18 percent of the world’s population. Urbanization, city sprawl and greater demand for mobility are all challenges high up in the Chinese growth agenda. The common denominator to all these factors is the upward pressure they put on the …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (July 5 – July 11)

The FPA’s Must Reads (July 5 – July 11)

Our five favorite long reads and blog posts from the past week.

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Should the U.S./EU Send Naval Observers to the South China Sea?

Should the U.S./EU Send Naval Observers to the South China Sea?

The Boston Global Forum (BGF), a non-profit forum for international scholars, hosted its opening session on July 2, aiming to engage leaders from the United States, Asia, and the United Nations to discuss the crisis in the South China Sea.  BGF Chairman and Co-Founder Michael Dukakis moderated the discussion, with …

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Will the Tea Party Prove to Be the Ex-Im’s Slayer or Savior?

Will the Tea Party Prove to Be the Ex-Im’s Slayer or Savior?

The Tea Party’s efforts to kill the Export-Import Bank of the United States may be the very thing that assures the agency’s survival. And that would be a shame.
The Ex-Im, as it is known, was established 80 years ago as the Export-Import …

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Rethinking Kurdistan

Rethinking Kurdistan

It is time that the United States takes a hard look at supporting an independent Kurdistan.

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Israeli Officials, Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder of Palestinian Teen

Israeli Officials, Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder of Palestinian Teen

Credit: AFP
Over the weekend Israeli officials confirmed that Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was found last week in a Jerusalem forest beaten and burnt to death, was likely murdered by Jewish Israelis who were seeking revenge for the recent kidnapping and killing of Gilaad Shaar, Naftali …

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Differing Views on Islam in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (Part 1 – Big Mosques)

Differing Views on Islam in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (Part 1 – Big Mosques)

With many eyes on the World Cup, another international contest has been brewing in Central Asia: the region’s biggest mosque.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, both former Soviet republics, each have under construction mega-mosques in their respective capitals, funded by foreign partners. While perhaps unsurprising in predominately Muslim countries in the fading shadow …

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Iraq’s Oil Split

Iraq’s Oil Split

 
It is not breaking news that Iraq sits atop vast amounts of oil. The country has the fifth largest proven crude oil reserves globally with an estimated 140 billion barrels. (For comparison: Iran, fourth globally, has an estimated 150 billion barrels, and Kuwait, sixth globally, has about 104 billion barrels …

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A Candid Discussion with Richard Barrett of the Soufan Group

A Candid Discussion with Richard Barrett of the Soufan Group

Richard Barrett is Senior Vice President at the Soufan Group, a New York-based security intelligence firm that provides strategic services to governments and multinational organizations. He is an internationally recognized expert on violent extremism and the measures that can be taken against it.
A former British diplomat and intelligence …

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