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Managing Iran’s nuclear prowess

Managing Iran’s nuclear prowess

Clearly, there is a danger in the prospects of a bomb controlled by such Iranian hardliners. However, there are those in the United States who continue to apply a punitive calculus formulated on every perceived lie and outright deception by the Iranian government over the last 30 years — of which there admittedly have been many — as justification to force a no domestic enrichment agreement. This position is wrong, indefensible, and risks diplomatic failure.

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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

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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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The FPA’s Must Reads (June 27th – June 4th)

The FPA’s Must Reads (June 27th – June 4th)

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

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Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

 
It is interesting to see the current commentary on ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and how policymakers and the mainstream media have reported on a situation that is confusing and complicated. In reality, the suppression of the 2009 election in Iran lead to a violent response to protestors in Syria, leading to …

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The ISIS Story

The ISIS Story

Known today at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has gone through many reorganizations and name changes in the course of the past dozen years, but it has kept essentially the same goals. Although sometimes referred to as a branch of al Qaida, it is better described as …

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Candid Discussions: Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi on the EU Sanctions against Iran

Candid Discussions: Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi on the EU Sanctions against Iran

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the author, most recently, of “The EU’s sanction regime against Iran in the aftermath of the JPA.” Ms. Bassiri is a PhD candidate at King’s College …

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A Soft Power Stumble

A Soft Power Stumble

Ever since it became a rising economic power, China started to realize the need for soft power in order to increase its global competitiveness.  In Africa, Beijing found itself competing with Western companies backed by development agencies imposing good governance and human rights restrictions.  Beijing sought to appeal to some …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (June 21 – June 27)

The FPA’s Must Reads (June 21 – June 27)

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

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