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Foreign Policy Association’s Candidate Selector

Foreign Policy Association’s Candidate Selector

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Canada’s Inappropriate Iran Policy

Canada’s Inappropriate Iran Policy

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Ethiopia: New Prime Minister Creates Opportunity for Reform

Ethiopia: New Prime Minister Creates Opportunity for Reform

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Kurdish Militants Kidnap Turkish Deputy

Kurdish Militants Kidnap Turkish Deputy

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Sustainable Peace: Why Somaliland Matters

Sustainable Peace: Why Somaliland Matters

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GailForce: Threat of Cyber War is Not Hype Part II

GailForce:  Threat of Cyber War is Not Hype Part II

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GailForce: The Threat of Cyberwar Is Not Hype

GailForce:  The Threat of Cyberwar Is Not Hype

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U.S. Foreign Policy and The Arab Spring

U.S. Foreign Policy and The Arab Spring

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Al-Qaeda Threat Grows in Yemen

Al-Qaeda Threat Grows in Yemen

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The Massacre in Words and Pictures – Syria

The Massacre in Words and Pictures – Syria

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Hungry for Justice in Israel

Hungry for Justice in Israel

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Trouble Comes to Nigeria

Trouble Comes to Nigeria

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Separatism – Looking for Your Views

Separatism – Looking for Your Views

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If Scheherazade Had Reported on a Murder Case

If Scheherazade Had Reported on a Murder Case

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Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador or Murder-for-Hire Sting….

Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador or Murder-for-Hire Sting….

It’s called a ‘murder-for-hire’ sting, a standard law enforcement ploy designed to help the criminal find the very worst in his nature and act on it. But sting operations come with their own risks as well as rewards—and attorneys know that ‘entrapment’ can be a strong defense. . . Informants are like sharks, scouring the underworld for opportunities and targets the feds can use as springboards to career-making cases. It’s the informant’s job to find two sticks (agent and opportunity), to rub them together vigorously, and to blow gently on the sparks of criminal enterprise. Think about this as well....the 'downpayment' for the 'hit,' the100k wired to the US undercover bank account is enough to trigger a case for conspiracy, but it still doesn't prove that the Iranian government was driving the bus. To do that, US authorities must establish a link between the owner of the account in the UAE -- or the owner/s of an account held by an international financial institution with correspondent branches/banks around the world -- and the government of Iran. This is a critical point--one that could defuse the Obama Administration's claim that 'senior officials at the highest levels of the Iranian government' were tied to the assassination plot and challenge the call of senior US officials for alterations to current foreign policy, in the US and abroad, toward Iran. If US authorities cannot prove that this was something more than a plot formulated by a small group of non-state actors, the President, the Secretary of State, DEA and the FBI have some explaining to do. . .

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