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Hagel Feels the Heat in Beijing

Hagel Feels the Heat in Beijing

Japanese fighter jet pilots are getting no rest these days. In a statement released Wednesday, the Japanese Defense Ministry revealed that Japanese fighter jets were scrambled against Chinese planes a record high 415 times during the year ending in March. That number is up 36 percent from a year earlier – and is the highest […]

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High Time to End the American Hustle of Afghanistan

High Time to End the American Hustle of Afghanistan

By Sarwar Kashmeri It is time to stop pretending that a residual American military presence in Afghanistan can make any difference to the future of that ancient and troubled land. The future of Afghanistan will be determined, as it has always been, by the Afghans, at their own pace and in conjunction with the countries […]

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Gasoline prices and energy security at stake in U.S. oil export debate

Gasoline prices and energy security at stake in U.S. oil export debate

One of the year’s most urgent policy questions—whether or not the U.S. should export oil–is finally garnering attention in Washington as both sides of the U.S. oil export debate make their case. The United States began safeguarding domestically produced oil after the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which caused supply disruptions and price spikes in the […]

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Trouble in Geneva highlights the need for more robust U.S. involvement in Syria

Trouble in Geneva highlights the need for more robust U.S. involvement in Syria

After less than half an hour of joint session talks on Saturday, February 15, the second round of the Geneva II conference on Syria has abruptly ended. In a press conference shortly after, joint United Nations-Arab League negotiator, Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people for the almost complete failure of the negotiations, “I am […]

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Beijing Balks, Tokyo Talks

Beijing Balks, Tokyo Talks

AP Photo: David Guttenfelder With the official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan topping 4,000 on Wednesday, nations from around the world are ramping up their efforts to help the Philippines deal with over 1,600 missing persons, 700,000 damaged houses and the nearly 10 million people affected.  Australia, Britain and the U.S. have so far each […]

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China, the U.S. and Their Latin American Trade Policy

China, the U.S. and Their Latin American Trade Policy

China and the United States held their Sixth China-U.S. Sub-Dialogue on Latin America this past week discussing their future policies on Latin America. The annual consultation was created to demonstrate how cooperation and a reduction in misunderstandings could promote increased trade in the region by both parties as well as avoid possible conflicts of interest […]

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Tyranny of the Minority or the Romanticism of a never-past

Tyranny of the Minority or the Romanticism of a never-past

The West is currently fighting a new type of political disease: the tyranny of the minority. This tyranny is a direct threat to the democratic system of the US, France and other European countries. In the US, the Tea Party is hurting an entire country; while in Europe, the extreme right in France, Italy, Britain, […]

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New Deal and the Curse of ‘Community Self-Governance’

New Deal and the Curse of ‘Community Self-Governance’

  On July 21, I tweeted the following reflection: “A society can govern itself with custom instead of modern law, tribal system instead of government; (however) it cannot ride both horses at the same time.” Reacting to that old tweet, a few days ago, I received a one-liner e-mail that read “We must be doing […]

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Syria or the Symbolic Graveyard of the West

Syria or the Symbolic Graveyard of the West

The last plan to solve the Syrian war could certainly lead to a positive outcome – as diplomacy is always better than force – but raises serious problems: does the Euro-Atlantic community have any idea of what it want to accomplish in Syria? What is the end game in Syria? Does the West want to […]

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The Shadow of Iraq?

The Shadow of Iraq?

  After one week of progressive securitization of the Syrian problem by the US, Britain and France, it appears that the members of the Euro-Atlantic community were getting ready to build a coalition of the willing in order to punish Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. The United Nations recently sent UN […]

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Somalia Conference and Rivalry of Civilizations

Somalia Conference and Rivalry of Civilizations

A few days before the “Somalia Conference 2013” held in London on May 7, a foreign journalist friend of mine sent me an e-mail asking what my thoughts were regarding the upcoming conference hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron. I replied: “My heart’s belief in miracles outweighed my mind’s interest in the pursuit of objective […]

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Solving Syria – A dilemma for the West

Solving Syria – A dilemma for the West

With nearly 70,000 dead Syrians since the beginning of the unrest, the Syrian conflict certainly join a select group of international massacres. At this path Samathan Power will have enough facts and material in order to write volume two of “A problem from Hell” looking at the ghosts of Syria. What are the options for the West […]

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Will a New Arms Trade Treaty be Approved?

Will a New Arms Trade Treaty be Approved?

Diplomats of the member states of the United Nations have gathered in New York at the organization’s headquarters tasked to hash out an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The potential ATT would set standards for the global conventional arms trade, a $70 billion industry. It recognizes that arms trade is a lawful business with friendly partners, […]

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Ending “Doormat Politics” In Somalia

Ending “Doormat Politics” In Somalia

“More than ever, foreign policy is economic policy. The world is competing for resources and global markets.”   John Kerry Considering the positive trend of the past eighteen months, Somalia is en route to recovery, and, in due course, to re-engineer a better state from the ground up. The caveat being: in the long term, this […]

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China Reacts to North Korean Missile Launch

China Reacts to North Korean Missile Launch

On Wednesday, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully launched a long-range rocket, in defiance of U.N. resolutions against the DPRK using ballistic missiles. The launch of the missile is said to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il (December 17) and included a “scientific and technological satellite […]

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