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Who will be the failed state, Iraq or Kurdistan?

Who will be the failed state, Iraq or Kurdistan?

Contrary to certain claims, any objective analysis comparing former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki to Kurdish Prime Minister Nichervan Barzani illustrates that Kurdistan is not destined to be a failed state. An article published in Newsweek claimed that an independent Kurdistan would be a failed state, stressing that ...

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Obama, the Russian Hacking, and the Folks Who Write about Them

Obama, the Russian Hacking, and the Folks Who Write about Them

The key take-away from the pundit discussion regarding Obama and the Russian cyber attacks is that Obama did nothing in the face of Russian aggression. The critics rarely if ever say what he should have done; often neglect to mention what he did do; and completely ignore the reasons for not doing more.

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Rex Tillerson On China

Rex Tillerson On China

"We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed."

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Beijing’s Development Bank Gains Momentum

Beijing’s Development Bank Gains Momentum

Despite U.S. objections and concerns, China’s $100 billion initiative seems determined in its quest for respectability and prominence.

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Of Drones and Overseas Military Bases: The New Face of the War on Terror

Of Drones and Overseas Military Bases: The New Face of the War on Terror

In the summer of 2016, thousands of German citizens stood outside of Ramstein Air Base to protest U.S. drone strikes conducted from there.

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Who Will Lead on Climate in the Age of Trump?

Who Will Lead on Climate in the Age of Trump?

Last year, the world celebrated the Paris climate deal. Less than a year later, elation has turned into depression. Who will assume leadership now?

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Be Careful What You Wish For, China

Be Careful What You Wish For, China

While many Chinese distrust Hillary as an aggressive hawk, others are rethinking their support for a Donald Trump presidency as fears over a trade war grow.

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U.S. Pivot to Asia Still Strong in Vietnam

U.S. Pivot to Asia Still Strong in Vietnam

The pivot is part business, foreign policy and philanthropy. One of the best tools the to advance the pivot is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

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The Neglected G20: Understanding China’s “Hangzhou Model”

The Neglected G20: Understanding China’s “Hangzhou Model”

The G20 Hangzhou Summit was a glitzy event for China’s diplomacy. Considered a success by Chinese media, the Summit received little international coverage.

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Beijing Claims Wide Support in Dispute with Manila

Beijing Claims Wide Support in Dispute with Manila

A court in the Hague is due to issue this month a ruling on a case against China brought by the Philippines over maritime territory in the South China Sea.

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U.S. Sends Mixed Messages about Human Rights in Vietnam

U.S. Sends Mixed Messages about Human Rights in Vietnam

While Obama spoke of the need for Vietnam to improve its human rights record, lifting of an arms embargo showed there are other considerations in play.

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Obama Lifts Arms Embargo on Vietnam

Obama Lifts Arms Embargo on Vietnam

Despite concerns human rights violations in Vietnam, Obama opted to fully lift the arms embargo on lethal military equipment during his recent visit.

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UN Calls on Vietnam to Respect Freedom of Assembly

UN Calls on Vietnam to Respect Freedom of Assembly

The UNCHR stated that it is “concerned about the increasing levels of violence perpetrated against Vietnamese protesters expressing their anger over the mysterious mass deaths of fish along the country’s central coast.”

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U.S. Announces New Freedom of Navigation Exercise in the South China Sea

U.S. Announces New Freedom of Navigation Exercise in the South China Sea

On Friday, the U.S. Navy officially announced another episode of its planned “freedom of navigation” series in the South China Sea, shortly after U.S. President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a nuclear summit in Washington.

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U.S. Show of Force in the South China Sea

U.S. Show of Force in the South China Sea

In a show of counterforce, the U.S. has sailed an aircraft carrier, two destroyers, two cruisers, and the command ship of the Japan-based 7th Fleet into the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

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