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The FPA’s Must Reads (August 23-29)

The FPA’s Must Reads (August 23-29)

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

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Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Thanks to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the pro-Assad and rebel groups can finally stop pointing fingers over a country-wide Internet blackout in Syria in 2012.

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The Dangers of Investing in Conflicted Areas

The Dangers of Investing in Conflicted Areas

Investments in Colombia in the ’80s and ’90s were often limited to large multinational companies. These companies would take the risks to mine in Colombia’s regions despite the dangers present to their employees. On many occasions, Colombians and foreign nationals were kidnapped for ransom, and many international workers and influential Colombians …

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The Rise of the Iron Will

The Rise of the Iron Will

On Sunday, for the first time ever, more than 41 million voters in Turkey went to polling stations to elect their president by popular vote. Despite turnout being low, with some suspecting the holiday season might be the reason, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan handily beat both of his rivals with 52 percent of the vote.

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Unrest in Xinjiang Leading to Extreme Measures

Unrest in Xinjiang Leading to Extreme Measures

Local authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region are going all out in their efforts to fight terrorism, including those in the northwestern city of Karamay, who are now banning people who wear veils, head scarves, a loose-fitting garment called a jilbab, clothing with the crescent moon and star, and those …

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Candid Discussions: Reza Marashi on U.S.-Iran Relations and Regional Dynamics

Candid Discussions: Reza Marashi on U.S.-Iran Relations and Regional Dynamics

 

Reza Marashi is Research Director at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).  Prior to NIAC, Mr. Marashi worked in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  He was also a political analyst at the Institute for National Strategic …

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Palestinian Leader Mudar Zahran: “Hamas Gaining Popularity in the West Bank”

Palestinian Leader Mudar Zahran: “Hamas Gaining Popularity in the West Bank”

The head of the Palestinian community in Jordan Mudar Zahran, who is presently living in the West Bank and reporting live what is happening in Operation Protective Edge, stresses that Gazans now hate Hamas more than Israel, but Palestinians in the West Bank now are increasingly supporting Hamas.
JerusalemOnline reported …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (August 2 – August 8)

The FPA’s Must Reads (August 2 – August 8)

Our five favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week!

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VICE NEWS DOCUMENTARY: THE ISLAMIC STATE

VICE NEWS DOCUMENTARY: THE ISLAMIC STATE

 
Within a few weeks of its bloody foray into northern and central Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which was rebranded by its top management as the Islamic State (IS), has built a global reputation for unbridled savagery and ruthlessness. The group’s ongoing use of social media channels …

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part II

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum Part II

It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Winston Churchill
I woke up in the middle of the night a couple of days ago and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to get up and see …

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Global Value Chains Mean That Trade Barriers’ Costs Become Compounded

Global Value Chains Mean That Trade Barriers’ Costs Become Compounded

 
G20 Trade Ministers met July 19 in Sydney, Australia, and reported the proceedings in a Chairman’s Summary. The only major media coverage of the event highlighted a joint report, of the OECD, World Bank, and WTO, on “Global Value Chains (GVCs).” For those acquainted with …

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Canadian and Australian Policy on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Canadian and Australian Policy on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Both Israeli and Palestinian civilians are suffering in the wake of Operation Protective Edge. However, both Canada and Australia offer different ideas from the U.S. on how best to respond to the situation.

As Operation Protective Edge continues, both Israeli and Gazan civilians are suffering. Israeli civilians are living constantly under …

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Candid Discussions: Noura Erakat on the Conflict in Gaza

Candid Discussions: Noura Erakat on the Conflict in Gaza

 
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney, activist, educator, and an outspoken critic of U.S. policy in the Middle East. She is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University, teaching international human rights law in the Middle East. She is also a co-editor of Jadaliyya, an online magazine focused on the …

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The Difficulties in Handling a Melee of Policy Decisions

The Difficulties in Handling a Melee of Policy Decisions

The last three weeks in world politics has been nothing less than a complete disaster of the international community. Since the end of the 2014 World Cup, it appears that anything that President Obama would have considered to be a major issue has appeared as a crisis upon a crisis. …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (July 26 – August 1)

The FPA’s Must Reads (July 26 – August 1)

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

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Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary

Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary

In an annual report released by the Department of State this week, the Obama administration has yet again pressed Turkey to live up to its commitment as a democracy to ensure religious freedom, citing the need to reopen an Eastern Orthodox seminary that’s been closed for decades.
Turkey is a “tier 2″ country

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