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Focus on Pakistan

Focus on Pakistan

In a country where terror strikes are commonplace, you grow insensitive. You don’t flinch at the sound of a bomb, you don’t jolt at the sound of a gunshot. Death tolls that don’t touch the double digits don’t leave you in a state of shock, debilitated.

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Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

OPEC’s recent decision to keep production at its current levels lead to the realization by many investors that the current oil price may become the new norm.

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The Mubarak Retrial: Winners and Losers

The Mubarak Retrial: Winners and Losers

On Nov. 29, an Egyptian court cleared charges against the country’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt from 1981 to 2011, when he stepped down in the face of massive protests and the loss of his security services’ confidence.

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Why RT ❤’s Ferguson

Why RT ❤’s Ferguson

For Russian state media, chaos and tensions in the U.S. are a propaganda goldmine.

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A Candid Discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill

A Candid Discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill

Ambassador Hill sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss his new book and share his views on U.S. foreign policy.

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Burkina Faso: The Black Spring blossoms

Burkina Faso: The Black Spring blossoms

With Western leaders occupied by rising tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East, it appears that the emergence of uprisings on the African continent has largely been overlooked. The recent protests in Burkina Faso and the subsequent overthrow of Blaise Compaoré on Oct. 31 from his 27-year reign, illustrates the far-reaching social and political changes taking place in Africa.

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The Challenge of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

The Challenge of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

There has been a lot of discussion on how to help Kurdish forces and other opposition forces in the fight against ISIS. One of their most notable and consistent requests has been for help Western weapons systems that are strong enough to neutralize these advanced weapons.

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Candid Discussions: Jan Egeland on the Plight of Syrian Refugees

Candid Discussions: Jan Egeland on the Plight of Syrian Refugees

Jan Egeland recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss the plight of Syrian refugees, which has been reflected in a newly released report jointly produced by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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Xi’s Anti-Rightist Campaign

Xi’s Anti-Rightist Campaign

Xi Jinping is starting to act a lot like Mao Zedong — strong, assertive, patriotic, man of the people — and willing to promote or condone the same techniques Mao used for controlling the masses through party propaganda.

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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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Homegrown Jihadis, Terror, and Modernity

Homegrown Jihadis, Terror, and Modernity

On Nov. 15, ISIS beheaded a fifth western captive, aid worker Peter Kassig, who may have fought his killers and disrupted their filming of the event. The inevitable video features a familiar British-accented voice, of an ISIS member British media refer to as “Jihadi John.”

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Palestinian Incitement behind Synagogue Terror Attack

Palestinian Incitement behind Synagogue Terror Attack

In the wake of five Israeli citizens being murdered in a brutal terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, the Palestinian Authority leadership and media continue to call for violence against Israeli civilians.

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Beijing Seeks to Improve Relations with Hanoi

Beijing Seeks to Improve Relations with Hanoi

Lately, it seems China’s aggressive foreign policy stance toward territorial disputes in the South China Sea is backfiring, especially in Vietnam. Last month, Vietnamese officials offered India two oil-exploration blocks in the disputed South China Sea waters, which Vietnam calls the East Sea, which drew strong condemnation from Beijing. In …

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FPA’s Must Reads (November 21 – November 27)

FPA’s Must Reads (November 21 – November 27)

Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.

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Two Big Players Enter the Fray

Two Big Players Enter the Fray

During President Obama’s recent trip spanning China, Myanmar and Australia, he along with Chinese President Xi Jingping announced what amounts to a historic agreement between the nations to reduce greenhouse emissions (amongst agreements to extend visas and trade deals to eliminate tariffs on IT products).

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Conflict in the East and South China Seas: A Wikistrat Simulation

Conflict in the East and South China Seas:  A Wikistrat Simulation

Last week saw yet another meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which was hosted by Myanmar President Thein Sein on Nov. 12 and 13. ASEAN nations had initially hoped for further progress on territorial issues related to the East and South China Seas, yet once again came away with little agreement from Beijing.

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