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The FPA’s Must Reads (July 12 – July 18)

The FPA’s Must Reads (July 12 – July 18)

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

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The FPA’s Must Reads (July 5 – July 11)

The FPA’s Must Reads (July 5 – July 11)

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

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Will the Tea Party Prove to Be the Ex-Im’s Slayer or Savior?

Will the Tea Party Prove to Be the Ex-Im’s Slayer or Savior?

The Tea Party’s efforts to kill the Export-Import Bank of the United States may be the very thing that assures the agency’s survival. And that would be a shame. The Ex-Im, as it is known, was established 80 years ago as the Export-Import Bank of Washington. Its raison d’etre was to finance the sale of […]

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The FPA’s Must Reads (June 27th – June 4th)

The FPA’s Must Reads (June 27th – June 4th)

Our favorite long reads and blog posts from the past week.

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Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

  It is interesting to see the current commentary on ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and how policymakers and the mainstream media have reported on a situation that is confusing and complicated. In reality, the suppression of the 2009 election in Iran lead to a violent response to protestors in Syria, leading to a dithering policy on […]

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Candid Discussions: Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi on the EU Sanctions against Iran

Candid Discussions: Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi on the EU Sanctions against Iran

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the author, most recently, of “The EU’s sanction regime against Iran in the aftermath of the JPA.” Ms. Bassiri is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, where her research deals with the E3-EU diplomatic initiative on the Iranian nuclear […]

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The FPA’s Must Reads (June 21 – June 27)

The FPA’s Must Reads (June 21 – June 27)

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

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Iraq returns – Failure of American foreign policy under Obama?

Iraq returns – Failure of American foreign policy under Obama?

Will Iraq haunt Obama’ second mandate? Obama’s approval rating in foreign policy continues to slide down amid of an eventual military intervention – through airstrikes – in Iraq. According to a recent poll ran by the New York Times and CBS News Poll, President Obama’s approval rating in foreign policy is sliding down and is […]

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Why is China Building Artificial Islands?

Why is China Building Artificial Islands?

When planning an international beach holiday, few holidaymakers think of China when choosing to spend their time on a beach.  China does boast one top destination for beachgoers, Hainan island, but the quality of most of its mainland beaches has diminished greatly in recent years by floating trash, oil slicks, or abundant algae. Given the […]

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The FPA’s Must Reads (June 14 – June 20)

The FPA’s Must Reads (June 14 – June 20)

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

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The Slippery Slope Hazard Of U.S. Economic Sanctions

The Slippery Slope Hazard Of U.S. Economic Sanctions

Russia is exploring settlement of trade payments in renminbi (China’s external currency).  U.S. sanctions on Cuba may require sanctions on Venezuela to remain viable.  And sanctions on Iran and Sudan led to criminal prosecution of BNP Paribas, and a spat with France. Policymakers may understand that military power is finite, but they seem to think American economic, trade […]

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GailForce: Miscellaneous Thoughts: Iraq, Intelligence Analysis, National Security Policy

GailForce:  Miscellaneous Thoughts: Iraq, Intelligence Analysis, National Security Policy

“An old rule that I’ve used with my intelligence officers over the years, whether in the military, or now, in the State Department, goes like this: Tell me what you know. Tell me what you don’t know. And then, based on what you really know and what you really don’t know, tell me what you […]

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The FPA’s Must Reads (June 7 – June 13)

The FPA’s Must Reads (June 7 – June 13)

Our favorite long reads and blog posts from the past week.

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Beijing’s A La Carte Approach to Foreign Policy

Beijing’s A La Carte Approach to Foreign Policy

Following the largely negative international reaction to its latest aggressive actions in Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam, Beijing may be trying a new approach in settling longstanding territorial disputes with its neighbors.  On Monday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced China is prepared to resolve its border disputes with India by peaceful means, “Through years […]

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On Negotiations…with Terrorists and with Congress

On Negotiations…with Terrorists and with Congress

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a recently released prisoner of the Taliban, has become the target of one of Washington’s favorite games: shooting first and asking questions later. Much of what has been said  about Bergdahl is so blatantly partisan or so needlessly abusive as not to deserve comment. In the course of it, however, a couple of […]

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