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U.S.-Iranian Dialogue in Obama's Second Term

U.S.-Iranian Dialogue in Obama's Second Term

As U.S. President Barack Obama's second-term foreign policy team begins to take shape, Iran remains unfinished business for the U.S. administration. The diplomatic malaise surrounding this issue over the past decade has taken its toll on Washington and Tehran. Even as the United States and Iran are ...

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Ferocious, Weak and Crazy: The North Korean Strategy

Ferocious, Weak and Crazy: The North Korean Strategy

North Korea's state-run media reported Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's top security officials to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," which has been widely interpreted to mean that North Korea is planning its third nuclear test. Kim ...

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United Kingdom Moves Away from the European Project

United Kingdom Moves Away from the European Project

British Prime Minister David Cameron will deliver a speech in London on Jan. 23, during which he will discuss the future of the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union. Excerpts leaked to the media suggest that harsh EU criticism will figure prominently in the speech, a suggestion in ...

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China Escalates Military Activity Around Japan, Senkakus

China Escalates Military Activity Around Japan, Senkakus

Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been increasingly assertive regarding its various maritime claims—both in the South China Sea with various Southeast Asian states, as well as in the East China Sea—with America’s Japanese ally. Part of this effort has seen a larger, more ...

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Russian Orphan Adoption Ban Protests May Be Harbingers of Instability

Russian Orphan Adoption Ban Protests May Be Harbingers of Instability

On Sunday, the Russian New Year’s Eve (in the old-style Julian calendar), tens of thousands of Muscovites poured into the city center to protest the new law banning adoption of Russian children by Americans, known as the “Dima Yakovlev law.”

Despite the nasty January weather, people of conscience ...

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Avoiding the Wars That Never End

Avoiding the Wars That Never End

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States would transfer the primary responsibility for combat operations in Afghanistan to the Afghan military in the coming months, a major step toward the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Also last week, France began an intervention in Malidesigned ...

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Two Years of the Arab Spring: Reflections about Democracy in the Arab World

Two Years of the Arab Spring: Reflections about Democracy in the Arab World

During a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and several American senators, Rabin was asked how he could envisage signing a peace agreement with Arab regimes that did not profess democracy, but rather acted as oppressors of their own people. Rabin responded: "If we have to wait ...

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Europe in 2013: A Year of Decision

Europe in 2013: A Year of Decision

The end of the year always prompts questions about what the most important issue of the next year may be. It's a simplistic question, since every year sees many things happen and for each of us a different one might be important. But it is still worth considering what single issue could cause the ...

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Egypt "On the Verge of Bankruptcy"

Egypt

Egypt is effectively out of cash. With foreign exchange reserves at a "critical minimum," Egypt's central bank imposed exchange controls and let the Egyptian pound exchange rate fall by about 5 percent from the level prevailing through most of 2012. The central bank will ration foreign exchange by ...

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