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

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

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

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Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

On Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would be willing to continue the current peace talks past the April 29 deadline on the condition that extended talks include the possibility of establishing a Jewish state with East Jerusalem as its future capital.
A senior member of the …

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Confronting Confrontation: Is the Isolation of Russia the Right Strategy?

Confronting Confrontation: Is the Isolation of Russia the Right Strategy?

In a New York Times op-ed last month entitled “Confronting Putin’s Russia,” Michael McFaul, the recently retired U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, channeled frustration over tensions in Crimea into a call for “isolating” Russia. His case, though passionate, appears to rely on some questionable assumptions and prescribes a rather shortsighted approach.
Taking Responsibility
McFaul …

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Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Despite losing an American friend to Palestinian terrorism and also almost getting murdered herself, Kay Wilson refuses to hate all Arabs merely because the Palestinian educational system teaches children to hate and some Palestinians decided to act on such hatred they were taught from birth.
Kay Wilson has lived a …

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Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong democracy activists gained a boost in Washington last week with a visit to the capital by Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders Martin Lee and Anson Chan. Lee is the founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, Chan is the former Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong, …

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Palestinian, Israeli Leaders Showing They Do Not Want to Pay the Price for a Two-State Solution

Palestinian, Israeli Leaders Showing They Do Not Want to Pay the Price for a Two-State Solution

The floundering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has put a simple fact into full view: Despite sizable constituencies among both the Israeli and Palestinian publics that support a two-state solution – which I have discussed in previous articles – the internal pressures that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships feel can be …

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MILF Signs Peace Agreement in the Philippines

MILF Signs Peace Agreement in the Philippines

Following forty years of fighting and tens of thousands dead, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace deal with President Benigno Aquino’s government at a high-profile ceremony in Manila on Thursday. The conflict over control of this resource-rich area stems from the claims of its Muslim population to …

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Candid Discussions: Touraj Daryaee on Ancient Iranian Empires’ Approach to Foreign Affairs

Candid Discussions: Touraj Daryaee on Ancient Iranian Empires’ Approach to Foreign Affairs

Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. A leading Iranologist, Dr. Daryaee is the editor of the Name-ye …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (March 29 – April 4)

The FPA’s Must Reads (March 29 – April 4)

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

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Hungarian elections: Why is Viktor Orbán set to win big?

Hungarian elections: Why is Viktor Orbán set to win big?

 
With the Hungarian parliamentary elections just days away, Western media remains perplexed by the popularity of Viktor Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party in polls. Having been denounced time and again as a power-abusing autocrat by outsiders, Orbán’s image within his home country remains relatively unscathed.
Many observers have …

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The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

Starting with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s signing of 15 international conventions, the dramatic events over the past week indicate that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have reached yet another impasse.
Several officials on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s senior staff and inside the White House believe “it’s time …

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Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

After World War II, the theory that economic integration would reduce the possibility of open conflict between two nation states was tried and was deemed successful by history when France and West Germany signed the first accords that would grow to become the European Union. When Russia recently annexed Crimea, …

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Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn

Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn


Time to stop the shadows of the Cold War from writing the Russian-American relations script
 “The Russians need to take us in one piece, and that’s why they’re here. That’s why they won’t use nukes anymore; and we won’t either, not on our own soil. The whole damn thing’s …

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Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Following the recent Palestinian initiative to go unilaterally to the U.N. in order to declare statehood, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel, Israeli Justice Minister Tzippi Livni, and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the Palestinian Authority. Ariel called for Pollard to be released unconditionally, while associates of Lieberman stated that …

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Best April Fools Prank: Drone delivery service buzzing near DC

Best April Fools Prank: Drone delivery service buzzing near DC

Washington, D.C. area auto service shop G&C Auto Service previewed its new parts delivery system today, April 1, 2014. And here’s why we’re writing about it on a foreign policy blog: It’s a drone, specifically a DJI Phantom.
According to owner Gregg Caldwell, it started with an Amazon Prime account. …

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Candid Discussions: Ian Bremmer on a Disengaged U.S. Foreign Policy

Candid Discussions: Ian Bremmer on a Disengaged U.S. Foreign Policy

In a wide-ranging discussion with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association, Dr. Ian Bremmer discusses what he considers to be a disengaged foreign policy by the United States. On April 10, 2014 Dr. Bremmer will be speaking at the Foreign Policy Association on the world’s biggest political …

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