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Amid Setbacks, ISIS Embraces Traditional Terrorism Paradigm

Amid Setbacks, ISIS Embraces Traditional Terrorism Paradigm

ISIS has abandoned its blitzkrieg-style land grab. Improvised explosive devices, suicide vests, and car bombs have once again become the order of the day.

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Why We Should Not Abandon Saudi Arabia

Why We Should Not Abandon Saudi Arabia

Beset by challenges ranging from the collapse in oil prices, to the spreading instability in the region, to criticism from its longtime allies in the United States, Saudi Arabia is facing its most difficult test in decades. But the kingdom has the means to overcome these difficulties, and also has the will to seize a unique opportunity to carry out important reforms.

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Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Following Saudi Arabia’s execution of the Shiite Cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, observers of the Middle East are pondering a multitude of eventualities, many of which point to a hot conflict between the two regional powers.

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Saudi Arabia-Iran: Tensions and Intertwined Futures

Saudi Arabia-Iran: Tensions and Intertwined Futures

2016 kicked off with tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran reaching new highs. Their rivalry will define the future of the region, from oil prices to the risk of armed conflict.

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Who’s Who in Yemen

Who’s Who in Yemen

Yemen had drawn little attention in the United States, or in many other parts of the world, until recent events thrust it into the headlines.

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Countering the Sunni-Shia Divide

Countering the Sunni-Shia Divide

As Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) officials meet with President Obama at Camp David, their lobbying efforts are revolving around one question: In the event of a nuclear deal with Iran, what will the U.S. do to counter the Islamic Republic’s influence in the Middle East?

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The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen

The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen

The Houthi, who prefer to call themselves Ansar Allah, or Partisans of God, hail from the Zaydi branch of Shia Islam, a sect that exists almost entirely in Yemen and make up about 35 percent of its population.

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Would the 9/11 Hijackers’ Money Trail Raise Red Flags in Today’s System?

Would the 9/11 Hijackers’ Money Trail Raise Red Flags in Today’s System?

 
If terrorists entered the U.S. today to conduct a 9/11-scale attack and used the same money-movement methods employed by the hijackers in 2001, it is “possible, but not probable” that their financial activities would bring them to the attention of intelligence and law-enforcement officials.
That’s the assessment of Dennis M. Lormel, …

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Is the Domestic Use Question Hijacking the Drone Debate?

Is the Domestic Use Question Hijacking the Drone Debate?

Up until recently, the debate over drone policy has largely been the territory of a small group of vocal critics — a persistent if not particularly high-profile media issue, but not one that particularly troubled the U.S. public. Polls indicated broad popular support for the use of drone strikes abroad, …

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The FPA’s “Must Reads” (February 16-22)

The FPA’s “Must Reads” (February 16-22)

Each week, the Foreign Policy Blog’s editorial team compiles the five best long-form reads and five best in-house blog posts. This week’s features India-Pakistan relations, drones, Gérard Depardieu and much more.

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Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

Updates on Women, Children and Human Rights from Around the Globe

 
Half of Yemenis “go to bed hungry,” says U.N. agency
Rising costs for food and fuel have spurred a rise in malnutrition in Yemen, where five million people, or 22% of the population, simply do not have enough food — and another five million “go to bed hungry,” according to …

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The Morality and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Policy

The Morality and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Policy

Bradley Strawser, an assistant professor of philosophy at the Naval Postgraduate School, recently (and somewhat predictably) took some flak after the Guardian published a piece in which he appeared to make a fairly unequivocal moral case in support of U.S. drone policy.
“It’s all upside. There’s no downside. …

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In Letter to President, Leading Experts Call for Recalibration of Policy On Yemen

In Letter to President, Leading Experts Call for Recalibration of Policy On Yemen

27 Leading Experts Say That Current US Policy Does Not Serve Long-Term American Security Interests
 WASHINGTON — Twenty-seven leading foreign policy experts have sent a letter to President Obama, calling for a broader approach on US policy towards Yemen that “expands beyond the narrow lens of counterterrorism.” As US intelligence agencies …

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Famine grows behind closed doors in Yemen

Famine grows behind closed doors in Yemen

In a recent article written for The Economist, the hardships facing many Yemenis, mostly due to malnutrition, are being brought to light on a country that is often hesitant to ask for help.
Even before 2011 when recent tribulations involving the military and local factions broke out, the conditions …

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Yemen’s Political Stand-Off is Increasing Economic Insecurity

Yemen’s Political Stand-Off is Increasing Economic Insecurity

Despite many promises from the international community that the “Friends of Yemen” would help this poorest country of the Arabic Peninsula to jump start its battered economy after having endured a catastrophic years in terms of the meltdown of its financial institutions, its industry sector, its currency …

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