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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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The Geopolitics of Immigration

The Geopolitics of Immigration

Editor's Note: Originally published Jan. 15, 2004, this has been re-featured due to its timeless content.

The United States came into being through mass movements of populations. The movements came in waves from all over the world and, depending upon the historical moment, they served differing ...

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

Like much else in Turkey the headscarf can have subtle qualities The menu for meals on my Turkish Airlines flight earlier this month assured passengers that food selections "do not contain pork." The menu also offered a serious selection of alcoholic drinks, including champagne, ...

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Chavez's Overwhelming Victory: Post-Chavez Era Tsunami

Chavez's Overwhelming Victory: Post-Chavez Era Tsunami

Chavez's overwhelming victory in gubernatorial elections: a national and regional tsunami..

Chavez continues to be the hero in Venezuela and the region. In the last elections for state governors that took place on Sunday, December 16th, Chavez's party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), ...

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