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by / on July 17, 2014 at 9:07 am / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

A Dishonorable Opponent

“Saying that, with such a system, Israel should simply ignore the rockets is the epitome of malarkey, akin to saying that a person wearing a bulletproof vest should not mind that his neighbor regularly shoots at him.”

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by / on July 17, 2014 at 8:47 am / in Middle East, Web Columnists

ISIS or ISIL or Just IS?

“Perhaps it is difficult to think of the Islamic State as an actual state because the vocabulary we use to discuss the region is so entrenched in our political maps. The media’s confusion over the organization’s name—ISIL or ISIS?—demonstrates the difficulty of escaping to a time before Sykes-Picot.”

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by / on July 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm / in Middle East, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

A Response to A Kidnapped Debate

“Of course using any one event as the basis for a grand narrative is shoddy intellectual work. But denying the way in which any one event illuminates and contributes to the larger narrative is equally faulty.”

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by / on July 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

A Kidnapped Debate

The recent tragedy is part of the overarching conflict, but it is not the conflict. Obviously, conflicts are innately emotional and the recent murders are political, but personal views on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis are secondary when acknowledging the recent killings.

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by / on June 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm / in Current Issue, Europe, Interview, World

Ask The Experts

“Putin may be able to get concessions out of Ukraine that stem from fear, but he may ironically have accelerated the resolve of Ukrainian elites to overcome their own internal problems, including by cleaning up corruption and cementing civilian control over the security forces, and thereby make Ukraine a more attractive candidate for western trade and investment.”

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by / on June 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm / in Current Issue, Europe, World

Crimea and Punishment

Will Putin’s actions in Crimea pay off? Eric Wimer and Ben Rimland debate.

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm / in Cover Story, Current Issue, Europe, World

Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The SNP’s platform is nothing if not simple: Scotland should leave the United Kingdom. And with a referendum asking “Should Scotland be an independent country?” scheduled for September 18, the party leading the so-called “Yes campaign” may get its wish. Most Americans may not give much thought to British politics, but they have a huge stake in the debate over Scottish independence—and not just because James Bond’s national identity hangs in the balance.

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm / in Current Issue, Europe, Middle East, Organizations, World

#Diplomacy

American technology companies are already acting towards the same ends of free speech, participating in what Alec Ross, a member of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s inner circle, called “twenty-first century statecraft.”

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm / in Europe, Issue, World

A Fresh Order of Domino Theory

by a US foreign policy, domino theory argued that the fall of a nation to communism would trigger and fuel the spread of communism to neighboring nations. The Soviet Empire wished death upon American principles, liberties, and ideals, with a communist backbone rivaling that of Hitler’s fascism. If left unchecked, the Soviet Union could spread across the globe—a string of […]

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by / on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 am / in Asia, Issue, Middle East, World

Paki-standing Alone

In early March, eight men and women attacked the central train station of Kunming, the capital of the southwestern province Yunnan. Armed with knives, these people slaughtered 28 civilians and left 130 injured in what the Chinese media have dubbed “China’s 9/11.” As pressure mounts on Beijing to react swiftly, Islamabad must do all it can to ensure that Beijing, its most powerful ally, does not lose faith but remains, in the words of former President Pervez Musharraf, a “time-tested and all-weather friend.”

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