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Did China Buy Nicaragua?

Did China Buy Nicaragua?

A potentially disastrous foreign policy situation for the U.S. has arisen: Communist China now appears to have all but purchased the Central American nation of Nicaragua.

Central America was once considered part of America's "backyard."

Wang Jing, the president of Hong Kong-based HKND Group, recently ...

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The Foreign Policy Impact of Iran's Presidential Election

The Foreign Policy Impact of Iran's Presidential Election

Iranians went to the polls Friday to elect outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's successor. Candidates reported few serious problems with the process, and the losers sent congratulations to the eventual winner, Hassan Rouhani.

Compared to the political instability that followed Ahmadinejad's ...

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India's Energy Ties with Iran Unsettle Washington

India's Energy Ties with Iran Unsettle Washington

India's relentless search for hydrocarbons to fuel its booming economy has managed the rather neat diplomatic trick of annoying Washington, delighting Tehran and intriguing Baghdad, all the while leaving the Indian Treasury fretting about how to pay for its oil imports, given tightening sanctions ...

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Hassan Rowhani’s Election as President of Iran: Initial Assessments

Hassan Rowhani’s Election as President of Iran: Initial Assessments

The election of Hassan Rowhani as Iran's president is surprising – not only in the very fact of his election, but particularly in the large majority he received, which made a second round of voting unnecessary. Prior to the elections, two candidates were considered to lead the race: Saeed Jalili, ...

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Lebanon Openly Enters Fighting In Syria

Lebanon Openly Enters Fighting In Syria

In a speech given on May 25, 2013, on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Israeli military from South Lebanon, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah openly admitted what was already known, namely that his organization is actively fighting in Syria alongside the ...

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Russia's New Middle Eastern Role

Russia's New Middle Eastern Role

Russia has thrown a monkey wrench into Western plans for Syria by promising to deliver its top-of-the-line S300 surface-to-air missile system to the Bashar al-Assad government. Exactly when the missiles might arrive remains unclear; the last word from Moscow is that the missiles are not yet in ...

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Iran Deploys Long-Range Missile Launchers – The Hawk is Set to Take Flight

Iran Deploys Long-Range Missile Launchers – The Hawk is Set to Take Flight

Iran is upping the war ante with a supposedly “massive” deployment of missile launchers just in time for their presidential elections next week. In an unsurprising, testosterone fueled show of claimed strength, these launchers are being dispersed to parts unknown and in numbers unknown. Two dozen ...

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Why Do All Sides of the Syrian Civil War Seem to Want Israel Involved?

Why Do All Sides of the Syrian Civil War Seem to Want Israel Involved?

Over the last few months, the diplomatic situation has worsened between Syria and Israel. This is all part of the building conflict of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his international supporters against the Free Syria Army (FSA) and its supporters. While Israel has tried to stay neutral, the two ...

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“Circles of the Righteous”: Vehicle for the Basij to Influence Iran’s Presidential Election Campaign

“Circles of the Righteous”: Vehicle for the Basij to Influence Iran’s  Presidential Election Campaign

The circles of the righteous are operated as part of a program to further the indoctrination of Basij members, applied since June 2008 in mosques across Iran that serve as Basij bases. According to the Basij chief, there are approximately 200 thousand such circles in the program. Each circle ...

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