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Notes from Washington: Post-election policies of Turkey

Since AKP’s unquestionable victory, Washington analysts have finally quit looking at the Turkish poll results and started to ask, how this all will shape Turkey’s future foreign policy? I recently attended an event at the Brookings Institution, where Turkish and American scholars presented their interpretations of post-election Turkey. The event brought together Panelists include Fuat […]

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Prolonged Radio Silence

Apologies for the lack of blogging.  Other projects are taking up my time and energy, so radio silence is likely to continue for an indefinite period of time.  In the meantime, there is plenty else going on in the FPA-o-sphere to keep you entertained and informed.  So for the time being, I refer you to […]

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Throwing good money after bad in Greece

The premise of the whole Greek bailout exercise has rested on its economy improving. So far, it has not: Since the country’s first bailout last spring, unemployment has risen sharply and GDP ground to a halt. So after a year of  bailout roulette, the head of Pimco, the world’s largest bond fund, said Sunday what […]

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What Is NATO Doing In Libya Anyway?

Glenn Greenwald lays out the “Libya’s About Oil” angle: Is there anything more obvious — as the world’s oil supplies rapidly diminish — than the fact that our prime objective is to remove Gaddafi and install a regime that is a far more reliable servant to Western oil interests, and that protecting civilians was the […]

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The Syrians Wait for a New Future at the Turkish Border

The Syrians Wait for a New Future at the Turkish Border

Syrian President Esad’s regime is still standing despite the weeks long protests and callings for a regime change in Syria. Recently, the Syrian National Television released the videos of military operations on a northern town, Cisr el Sugur. Many people from Cisr el Sugur and surrounding towns are already on the move to run from […]

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The Arab Spring Visits India

Last weekend, the Arab Spring came to India.  Swami Ramdev, yoga guru and television celebrity, staged a massive hunger strike designed to protest government corruption.  The event, which involved thousands of his followers, was ended by a police raid. This isn’t something new for India though.  Thousands of people in multiple cities in India protested […]

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How Well Is Afghanistan Going?

Two of my FPA blogger colleagues offer differing assessments of the war in Afghanistan.  In the optimistic camp is Gail Harris of the FPA U.S. Defense blog. She participated in several Bloggers Roundtables sponsored by the U.S. Defense Department and blogged about it in three parts (here, here, and here).  She notes that NATO is […]

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The Philosophy of Sayyid Qutb Will Persist as Al Qaeda’s Intellectual Heritage

The Philosophy of Sayyid Qutb Will Persist as Al Qaeda’s Intellectual Heritage

“Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis” published by the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research includes commentary-type articles with analysis on existing and emerging trends on topics such as terrorism and political violence, homeland security, religion and violence, and all other areas of security, broadly defined. Please see the June 2011 issue for an […]

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The Barbary Pirates Return Again

Since September 11, every now and then someone will bring up the Barbary Wars as a precedent to the United States’ post-9/11 military actions.  (See this Washington Post piece from October 2001 and this National Review piece from 2005.)  This time the phenomenon emerges with Marion Smith who, writing for the National Review, argues that […]

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Countdown To Elections In Turkey And The Turkish Way Of Voting

  According to Hurriyet News, Recep Tayip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, visited one of the main opposition parties’ office during his last tours for election campaign. I think it is a great accomplishment for Mr. Erdogan to stop, point fingers, and start a dialog with the “other” side of Turkey, the side that has […]

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On Friedman's Nonviolent Protest Proposal

As Peter Mellgard of the FPA Current Conflicts blog noted last week, Thomas Friedman recently offered a perhaps seemingly novel proposal to the Palestinians.  His proposal?  A massive nonviolent protest movement advocating a two-state solution.  Friedman writes: If Palestinians peacefully march to Jerusalem by the thousands every Friday with a clear peace message, it would […]

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Spanish want more democracy, not just jobs

Spanish want more democracy, not just jobs

Imagine if tens of thousands of young Americans marched on The Mall to protest the Electoral College, the appointment of Supreme Court justices and the two-party system because they suddenly decided these institutions were not democratic enough. Something roughly equivalent to that is now taking place in Spain. While the country’s unemployment rate and general […]

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My Interview With Tim Gallimore, Former Spokesman for the ICTR Prosecutor

Last month I attended a panel discussion called “Post Genocide Rwanda: Inventing Structures of Hope” at Brown University’s Arts in One World conference.  One speaker in particular, Tim Gallimore, had much to say that I wanted to share with my Law and Security Strategy readers.  So I interviewed him.  With events relating to Rwanda making […]

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Q: How much is Mladic’s arrest worth?

Answer: $1.2 billion per year. That is how much Serbia’s failure to capture the man who is accused of orchestrating the massacre at Srebrenica has cost the country in lost investment, according to government estimates. As many have noted, his arrest should now pave the way for Serbian admission to the EU (though this process […]

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Tom Friedman on Palestinian Nonviolent Protest

Tom Friedman has it right in yesterday’s column. He writes: “To the Palestinians I would say: You believe the Israelis are stiffing you because they think they have you in box. If you resort to violence, they will brand you terrorists. And if you don’t resort to violence, the Israelis will just pocket the peace […]

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