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Mad Dog Mattis on China

Mad Dog Mattis on China

Many are wondering how the nomination of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the new Secretary of Defense will influence future U.S.-China relations.

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Nadia Murad, Genocide and the Post U.S. Election

Nadia Murad, Genocide and the Post U.S. Election

Although NGOs have pushed to help Yazidis, it has been extremely difficult to get governments to even acknowledge the ongoing atrocities.

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Middle East Christians and the 2016 U.S. Elections

Middle East Christians and the 2016 U.S. Elections

The new U.S. president will have to address the issue of religious minorities in the Middle East, from humanitarian and geostrategic perspectives.

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The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

Victory over the Islamic State in Mosul and Raqqa will bring about the demise of ISIS but fail to foster an end to the tensions and conflict in the region.

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The Semantics of God in the Middle East

The Semantics of God in the Middle East

Nahed Hattar’s assassination sheds light on how social media is used as a weapon by the terrorists to promote their extremist ideologies.

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Prague’s Terrorist Perils

Prague’s Terrorist Perils

In late August, Martin Konvicka, a Czech anti-immigrant nationalist planned and staged a fake ISIS assault in the middle Prague’s Old Town Square.

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Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social media is now on the front lines of many international conflicts with clicks and ‘follows’ being the new version of voting with your feet.

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Can the Mujahidin Teach Us About ISIS?

Can the Mujahidin Teach Us About ISIS?

History never repeats; but it rhymes, and it often echoes. What can Robert Kaplan’s study of the mujahidin teach us about ISIS?

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Trump’s Bad Foreign Policy Prescription

Trump’s Bad Foreign Policy Prescription

Trump's over-simplistic diagnosis of the threat to America specifically, and the world in general, is off the mark, and so is his prescription.

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Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Immediate speculation following the coup attempt says that Turkey is likely to move further away from the West. But Ankara has deep ties with Europe and is an important member of NATO.

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Gailforce: Aspen Security Forum Part II

Gailforce: Aspen Security Forum Part II

During the Forum, Secretary Johnson focused on the evolving nature of the terrorism threat, what we need to do in response, and the need for resiliency.

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String of Attacks Increases Risk of Anti-Refugee Sentiments in Germany

String of Attacks Increases Risk of Anti-Refugee Sentiments in Germany

The latest string of violence increases risk of anti-migrant feelings and political tensions as Merkel is weakened by the refugee crisis.

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The Myth of Islamic Banking

The Myth of Islamic Banking

Islamists not only look at religion as a panacea to political issues, but also as a provider of social justice and an engine of economic prosperity.

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Myanmar: Conversing in the Streets of Yangon

Myanmar: Conversing in the Streets of Yangon

Talking to locals in Burmese coffee shops reveals optimism about Myanmar's future and its fledgling relationship with the West.

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Humility as a Foundation for Country ‘Visions’

Humility as a Foundation for Country ‘Visions’

Decision makers in the Middle East love coming up with visions. They spend large sums of money on long-term strategic plans, with little regard for results.

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