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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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The Grand Japanese Detachment

by Fatima Er-Rafia Trump effect and the reincarnation of an independent, strong Japan The end of World War II rang the death knell of Japan’s expansionism in Asia. The U.S stopped it by dropping the infamous atomic bombs on Nagasaki and…
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Remembering a Revolution: Talk Like an Egyptian

In his latest piece for The New Yorker, Peter Hessler writes about learning to speak Arabic as an adult, when his family moved to Cairo, Egypt, in October of 2011. "It was the first fall after the Arab Spring, and Arabic lessons were a way…
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