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Russia on the Horns of a Nuclear Dilemma

By Daniel M. Gerstein  Concepts & Thoughts Washington D.C--A Russian secret agent living in London, Alexander Litvinenko, met with two former countrymen for tea at a local establishment on Nov. 1, 2006. Later that afternoon, he became…
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Bosnia Was Hard, Syria Is Harder

By William Courtney Concepts & Thoughts Washington D.C.--his weekend in Vienna a second international conference in as many weeks will seek to advance a dialogue on ending the war in Syria.  (more…)
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Bringing FARC in From the Cold

By Arturo Munoz Concepts & Thoughts Washington--Despite the bitterness and bloodshed that insurgencies engender, they usually end through negotiations which often offer some form of amnesty, power sharing, and reintegration.…
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Saudi Arabia: Reset Redux

By Robert W. Jordan Concepts & Thoughts Dallas, Texas--This year the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary.  It is also the 70th anniversary of the historic meeting between President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz of…
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The Next Generation of Mujahideen

New York City--After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, voices began to rise up within the Islamic world, calling for young men to travel to Afghanistan to defend their Muslim brothers and sisters. Many heeded the call, and it is…
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How the U.S. Military Lost its Favor for Turkey

Washington--When I came to Washington in 2002, the Department of Defense was among Turkey’s best friends inside the U.S. government. The Pentagon considered Turkey a staunch ally, and uniformed U.S. personnel had a deep affection for Turkey…
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Worse than a Defeat

by Dan Mueller Was the British Army an effective force in bringing stability and order to Iraq’s Shiite heartland in Basra? Were British troops efficient and effective in confronting the insurgencies they faced in Afghanistan and Iraq? And,…
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Iran’s Port in the Storm

Could the new deep sea port in Chabahar alter Asia’s trade dynamics? by Reza Akhlaghi Originally Published in Canada International Council's OpenCanada.Org News of the seemingly never-ending negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, a key…
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Human Rights Are Not Negotiable

Originally published in Foreign Policy Association Blogs by Reza Akhlaghi As the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee prepares to vote on the resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran on November 19, 25…
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Building an Empire on Property Seizures

by Dan Mueller A new Reuters investigation details a key to Iran’s supreme leader’s power: a little-known organization created to help the poor that morphed into a business juggernaut worth tens of billions of dollars. “Setad Ejraiye…
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Winners and Losers in Egypt’s Political Turmoil

Originally published in Foreign Policy Association Blogs by Reza Akhlaghi “The Brotherhood has always had many enemies, but it also has a reputation for successful grass-roots organizing and charitable work…and the Brothers are known for…
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