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U.S./U.K. Defense: Let’s Talk About Tech

U.S./U.K. Defense:  Let’s Talk About Tech

Young eyes pull upward, searching for the man buried beneath thick matted grass. A soldier stands encircled by a small crowd draped in a sniper’s woodland ghillie suit, a disguise useless against the dusty soil of Horse Guards Parade. But that’s the point.  For on a brisk London day last October, among parachuters and fly-overs, […]

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Defending Gold and Ourselves: Terrorism and Putin’s Strained Olympic Games

Defending Gold and Ourselves: Terrorism and Putin’s Strained Olympic Games

A hum of activity pulls two cities together.  In one, the shuffle of feet and the rush of cars compose the soundtrack to a morning rush hour.  In the other we hear the excited bustling of a town nearing the end of long preparations for a shining, global sporting event.  From afar, the buzz that […]

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Britain’s Bold and Blistered Year on Human Rights

Britain’s Bold and Blistered Year on Human Rights

Slender forms in decadently jeweled red and gold glide across the stage. Delicate white flower petals cling to dark hair and long limbs grab the air in soft waves.  This traditional dance marked a stunning welcome to the mid-November commencement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOG) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  The  ceremony provided a much needed moment of glitz and […]

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Miranda Writes: Guardian vs. Government

Miranda Writes: Guardian vs. Government

Metal surrenders to the heat, slinking away to dust.  The remnants, lumped on the floor, are loomed over by an audience of intelligence agents — dispatched to watch the burn and all too pleased with the task – and journalists confounded by the absurdity of the scene.  As if ripped from the old celluloid of […]

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A War of Words on Syria

A War of Words on Syria

The language of war could swell volumes with what would at once be the most depressing and coldly technical glossaries of chaos ever scribed.  The intersection of political calculation and unrelenting violence is formed by an endless stream of words.  Open-air condemnations and closed-door strategizing.  Shouts and whispers, threats and rumors.  Uncapped fury and profound […]

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Courting Controversy: Clashes Compound Between Britain and Human Rights Bench

Courting Controversy: Clashes Compound Between Britain and Human Rights Bench

Nearly 500 miles of European land mass fell away, the English Channel hollowed out, the great earth shifted and the continent merged with the island to its west.  When all came to rest, the medieval cityscape of Strasbourg, France, sat atop London…  No, certainly not.  But for many a Europe-weary Briton, it felt as such […]

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Qatar Steps Forward, Britain at its Back

Qatar Steps Forward, Britain at its Back

A floating orchestral score pours over the walls of an Edinburgh concert house, its quick notes and fantastical tones taking full advantage of the famed acoustics of Usher Hall.  The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is playing “The Oryx and the Unicorn”, an uplifting arrangement originally penned by Qatari composer Wael Binali for a 2012 charity gala […]

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A Death in London and Extremism Within

A Death in London and Extremism Within

A colorful mosaic of flower petals brightens an otherwise grim corner in the Woolwich section of London.  Its mirror image rests outside a quiet home in Middleton, Greater Manchester.  Each bouquet serves as a worthy tribute to both the beautifully adorned uniform of an Army Drummer and the character of a young man who filled […]

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Cameron Visits U.S. in High Wire Act on Europe, Syria

Cameron Visits U.S. in High Wire Act on Europe, Syria

The gesture itself was subtle, but as the collection of briefing notes were set to one side, so with it went a thin layer of pulped political barricade.  What remained were two government leaders seated across a table, a Russian president asking a British prime minister to state his case.  David Cameron traveled to Sochi […]

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The Qatada Question: Between a Rights and a Hardline Place

The Qatada Question: Between a Rights and a Hardline Place

The single band of light slashed across the shelves catches the metallic detailing on the spines of the neatly lined books set upon them.  The shine creates what looks to be the only source of real illumination in an otherwise darkened room, perhaps an intentional set up to reflect the gravity of the interview.  Seated […]

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The Thatcher Legacy and Complex Pictures of Friendship

The Thatcher Legacy and Complex Pictures of Friendship

Beneath a vaulted marble sky adorned in constellations of angels, dragons, man and beast, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s coffin spent the evening before her funeral cloaked in the Union Jack inside the neo-gothic Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft.  Parliament, the starting block of Thatcher’s rise to iconic power, hovers above the Chapel in […]

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A Meeting of Ministers: Hague to make latest U.K. Syria bid

A Meeting of Ministers:  Hague to make latest U.K. Syria bid

The vice grip of prolonged violence suffocating Syria is sending the humanitarian situation there careening towards the fading lights of a blackout. With a death toll looming somewhere between 70-90,000 and a refugee population of over a million in two years time, international intervention to this point has been largely limited to food aid and […]

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Sara Chupein-Soroka
Sara Chupein-Soroka

Sara Chupein-Soroka is a former Program Associate at the Foreign Policy Association. She holds an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University with a focus on U.S.-European relations, and a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College. Her graduate thesis examined U.S.-UK bilateral security relations (an ongoing project) and she undertook an in-field intensive at The Hague, Bosnia and Serbia examining transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia in 2011.

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