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Politics in India – Not Business as Usual

by Rafiq Dossani May 28th’s by-elections to Lok Sabha (the lower house of India’s Parliament) seats and local assembly seats delivered the second setback for the month to India’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after it lost…
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Erdogan Inflicts Pain on NATO

Turkey’s military offensive into Afrin in Syria brings a new dimension to the ongoing weakening of the Turkish alliance with its biggest and decades-old ally, the United States. Turkey’s actions come on the heels of a quiet, but a strategic…
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2017: The Year of Naked Ideological Advocacy

In the waning days of 2017, a close look at the events of the year in international affairs brings to the fore how deceptive practices by our state institutions, foreign policy elite, and dominant media outlets resulted in their loss of…
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What Does North Korea’s Breach of the DMZ Mean?

by Patty Zakaria, PhD On November 13, a North Korean soldier crossed the DMZ to defect to the South, the soldier’s attempt did not go unnoticed by the North. To halt his escape, the North Korean soldiers fired at the defecting soldier, but…
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What Does the Future of ISIS Look Like?

by Khalil F. Osman Tell-tale signs that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or Da’ish) terrorist group is on the wane are everywhere. For over a year now, the terrorist group has suffered a spate of serious battlefield reversals that…
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A New Paradigm in Global Transportation Logistics

China’s rapidly advancing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), still known in certain circles as the New Silk Road, relies heavily on the buildout of a complex transportation infrastructure that spans much of China’s Westernmost and the Eurasian…
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How Likely is Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

by Khalil F. Osman Hamas’s recent announcement that it would dissolve its Administration Committee, a quasi-governmental body that had taken on state functions formed in March, marks a major development in the group’s protracted conflict…
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What’s Next for Russia in Syria?

The collapse of the collection of NATO-Saudi backed Wahhabi Jihadists in Syria will go down as a seminal moment in the history of the Middle East. The engine that brought about their collapse and secured Assad regime’s survival was the…
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Trita Parsi on US-Iran and Middle East Dynamics

Trita Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in Washington D.C. Dr. Parsi is a recognized thought leader in international affairs and global geopolitical dynamics with frequent appearances in…
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What the Fall (WTF) ?!

Foreign Policy Concepts Editorial The relentless advances by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) against the Islamic State, or ISIS, that have led to the fall of Deir ez-Zor bring into surface an emerging landscape of the Levant. Geopolitically, the…
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A Different Look at the North Korean Crisis

Foreign Policy Concepts Editorial It is astonishing that despite North Korea’s numerous missile tests, including those of nuclear devices, its saber rattling has still gone unpunished by the United States and its allies. why? There is an…
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