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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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Developments in America’s Backyard

Developments in America’s Backyard

Latin America often receives secondary attention with the world’s focus on the Middle East. For North Americans, however, issues with regional partners may have more weight on the average person in the U.S. and Canada than problems in Iraq and Ukraine.

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Frailty and Gladiatorial Combat in Somalia

Frailty and Gladiatorial Combat in Somalia

It is that cyclical season of winner takes all. It is that all too familiar gladiatorial executive combat all over again. Yes, the Villa Somalia has once again turned into a roaring amphitheater.

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Zivotofsky v. Kerry: Will Executive Privilege Trump Israel Advocacy?

Zivotofsky v. Kerry: Will Executive Privilege Trump Israel Advocacy?

The disputed status of Jerusalem will ostensibly be under review by the U.S. Supreme Court today. Zivotofsky v. Kerry asks whether the president’s so-called “foreign affairs power” — based on his textual duty to “receive ambassadors and other public ministers” — ousts Congress from directing foreign policy.

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Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Even if war is not always good for business, it is at least a business. Whether dealing in arms, antiquities, oil, grain, taxes or international aid, the Islamic State is building the basis for the sort of exploitative economy whose inequities and corruption (ironically) helped its star rise among the poor and discontented.

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Candid Discussions: Avinoam Bar-Yosef on the State of Israel and Jewish Diaspora Relations

Candid Discussions: Avinoam Bar-Yosef on the State of Israel and Jewish Diaspora Relations

Avinoam Bar-Yosef is the President and the Founding Director of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPI), an independent policy planning think tank based in Jerusalem.

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FPA’s Must Reads (October 31 – November 6)

FPA’s Must Reads (October 31 – November 6)

Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.

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ANALYSIS: Palestinian Authority Incitement behind Jerusalem Unrest

ANALYSIS: Palestinian Authority Incitement behind Jerusalem Unrest

As the level of Palestinian incitement calling for violence against Jews in Jerusalem increases, two terror attacks were implemented, Palestinian riots within the Holy City intensify, and Fatah called for a day of rage. The prospects for a Palestinian-Israeli peace seem more distant than ever.

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Whose Side is Turkey on?

Whose Side is Turkey on?

In a new piece in the London Review of Books, Patrick Cockburn writes on the rise of the Islamic State — also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — and elaborates in detail on the factors that have contributed to its military success in Syria and Iraq despite American air raids against the group since August of this year.

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UNICHEF: Top Chefs Gather in Support of the World’s Children

UNICHEF: Top Chefs Gather in Support of the World’s Children

In a unique collaboration, 40 world-class chefs have come together in support of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and created what is essentially an international culinary travelogue, offering recipes that detail tastes and key culinary choices from different parts of the world.

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MG William Rapp on the future of the Army War College

MG William Rapp on the future of the Army War College

The United States Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania serves a unique mission in the military— to convert senior field commanders, usually colonels, into strategic thinkers and future leaders of the Army. In today’s Great Decisions podcast, Sarwar Kashmeri speaks with with Major General William Rapp about the challenges the AWC faces.

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On cyber relations with China, restraint is the best approach

On cyber relations with China, restraint is the best approach

Industrial espionage has been a constant source of tension between the U.S. and Chinese governments; however, last year, it was China that was on the defensive for the theft of American trade secrets.

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Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Akın Ünver sits down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Turkey’s current foreign policy challenges and the situation in Kobane.

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FPA’s Must Reads (October 24-October 30)

FPA’s Must Reads (October 24-October 30)

Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.

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On ‘China’s rising influence in Djibouti [which] is causing a souring in the African nation’s relations with the West’

On ‘China’s rising influence in Djibouti [which] is causing a souring in the African nation’s relations with the West’

The following is a response by the government of Djibouti to the Oct. 17, 2014 post “China’s war for Africa’s hearts and minds”

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Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

To say the least, the government of Turkey has long had a contentious relationship with the country’s Kurdish population.

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