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Russia's Evolving Leadership

Russia's Evolving Leadership

Russia has entered election season, with parliamentary elections in December and presidential elections in March 2012. Typically, this is not an issue of concern, as most Russian elections have been designed to usher a chosen candidate and political party into office since 2000. Interesting shifts ...

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Lebanon: The Arab Spring's Wildcard?

Following Lebanon's 2005 "Cedar Revolution," which culminated in Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon, many commentators referred to the small Middle Eastern country to Syria's west as a model of successful democratization. The hope was that Lebanon's experience would be emulated by other countries in ...

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Spotlight on Iran Update July 1, 2011

Spotlight on Iran Update July 1, 2011

Highlights of the week Ending June 30, 2011 on Geopolitical Moves by the Iranian Regime

  • Internal political struggles within the conservative camp: arrests of Ahmadinejad’s allies continue

  • 18 political prisoners end hunger strike

  • Iranian press voices criticism of Turkey over its stance towards ...

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The Divided States of Europe

The Divided States of Europe

Europe continues to be engulfed by economic crisis.  The global focus returns to Athens on June 28 as Greek parliamentarians debate austerity measures imposed on them by eurozone partners. If the Greeks vote down these measures, Athens will not receive its second bailout, which could create an ...

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Turkey: Time for Reassessment

Turkey: Time for Reassessment

The remarkable thing about the Turkish election result is not that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, won but the unanimity in the international press that it would not be good for Turkish democracy if they gained 330 seats or more in the Turkish ...

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U.S., China, Taiwan, and a Bitter Irony

Twenty years ago the Soviet union, correctly termed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan as the evil empire, collapsed as the world rejoiced. At that moment, America was the unquestioned superpower, the strongest nation on earth. Today, in one of history's great ironies, the United States is ...

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U.S. and Pakistan: Afghan Strategies

U.S. and Pakistan: Afghan Strategies

U.S. President Barack Obama will give a speech on Afghanistan on June 22. Whatever he says, it is becoming apparent that the United States is exploring ways to accelerate the drawdown of its forces in the country. It is also clear that U.S. relations with Pakistan are deterioratingto a point where ...

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Hezbollah Dominates Lebanese Government

Hezbollah Dominates Lebanese Government

After five months of political stalemate, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the formation of a new government on Monday. The cabinet, dominated by Hezbollah's March 8 Coalition, was welcomed by Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. In the new ...

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War Powers Showdown

Things are heating up over Libya and I do not mean just NATO’s sustained aerial bombing campaign. President Obama is facing a challenge in Congress and in court over his failure to seek congressional authorization for U.S. military involvement in the Libyan war in accordance with the United States ...

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