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Geopolitical Journey: Nostalgia for NATO

Geopolitical Journey: Nostalgia for NATO

Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles on a journey in Europe. It was intended both to be personal and to go beyond recent events or the abstract considerations of geopolitics. This week I begin another journey that will take me from Portugal to Singapore, and I thought that I would ...

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In Egypt, Tension Between Mursi Regime And Military, And Calls To Restore Armed Forces To Power

In Egypt, Tension Between Mursi Regime And Military, And Calls To Restore Armed Forces To Power

Introduction

After months in which the Egyptian military kept a low profile and refrained from direct involvement in politics, its reentrance into political matters has recently become apparent, and some in the armed forces and the opposition are even raising the possibility that it could return to ...

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Redlines and the Problems of Intervention in Syria

Redlines and the Problems of Intervention in Syria

The civil war in Syria, one of the few lasting legacies of the Arab Spring, has been under way for more than two years. There has been substantial outside intervention in the war. The Iranians in particular, and the Russians to a lesser extent, have supported the Alawites under Bashar al ...

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Challenges Continue After Maduro’s Election in Venezuela

Challenges Continue After Maduro’s Election in Venezuela

According to results reported by the national Elections Committee of Venezuela (CNE), Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s chosen successor and protege, won the Venezuelan presidential election by a skimpy margin of less than 2%. Once again the Chavistas won because they took advantage of huge state resources ...

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Beyond the Post-Cold War World

Beyond the Post-Cold War World

An era ended when the Soviet Union collapsed on Dec. 31, 1991. The confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union defined the Cold War period. The collapse of Europe framed that confrontation. After World War II, the Soviet and American armies occupied Europe. Both towered over the ...

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Jordan’s King Warns Obama; America Backs Muslim Brotherhood Agent as Syria’s Next Ruler

Jordan’s King Warns Obama; America Backs Muslim Brotherhood Agent as Syria’s Next Ruler

”Don’t scare anyone. But once you gain ground then move ahead. You must utilize as many people as possible who may be of use to us.” –Joseph Stalin to future Communist dictator of Hungary Mattyas Rakosi, December 5, 1944.

It really isn’t too hard to understand what is happening in the Middle East ...

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Europe's Disturbing Precedent in the Cyprus Bailout

Europe's Disturbing Precedent in the Cyprus Bailout

The European economic crisis has taken different forms in different places, and Cyprus is the latest country to face the prospect of financial ruin. Overextended banks in Cyprus are teetering on the brink of failure for issuing loans they cannot repay, which has prompted the tiny Mediterranean ...

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Little Outcry as Saudis Bulldoze Islam's Holiest Shrines

Little Outcry as Saudis Bulldoze Islam's Holiest Shrines

TheInvestigative Project on Terrorism

Recent photographs show workers in Saudi Arabia demolishing some of the oldest sections of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, London's Independent reports.

It's the latest in a grand plan to develop and modernize both Mecca and Medina, Islam's two holiest ...

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Understanding the Current State of the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

Understanding the Current State of the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

To produce its first atomic bomb from 20 percent enriched uranium, Iran would need a stockpile of 225 kilograms, which upon further enrichment to the weapons-grade level would yield the 25 kilograms of uranium metal for a nuclear warhead. Since it began enriching 20 percent uranium, Iran had ...

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