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April 13, 2013

When the world changed

The Economist

Later this month Christian Caryl, a veteran foreign correspondent now based in Washington, will publish a timely new book, “Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century”. In it he argues that 1979 belongs to the select club of real turning-points: years in which one era ended and another was born.

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April 2, 2013

Amateur hour

Stephen M. WaltForeign Policy

United States has lofty global ambitions, and its leaders still like to describe the country as the "leader of the free world," the "indispensable nation," and various other self-congratulatory labels. Yet it doesn’t always marry these ambitions to a set of policies and practices that would help it achieve them. Case in point: the well-sourced rumor that the Obama administration is about to appoint Caroline Kennedy to serve as our next ambassador to Japan. The obvious question: Is this an appointment that demonstrates a serious engagement with the complex problems the United States is now facing in Asia?

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March 6, 2013

The democracy boondoggle in Iraq

Christian CarylForeign Policy

The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.

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February 7, 2013

Lifting of sanctions will take a few years

Abbas MalekiPanorama.am

An interview of Irdiplomacy.ir with Dr. Abbas Maleki, a former Iranian deputy foreign minister.

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November 2, 2012

How civil wars evolve

Fotini ChristiaMIT News

MIT political scientist’s book shows how even the bloodiest conflicts feature pragmatic alliances — not just ancient sectarian divisions.

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October 17, 2012

Where the Arab spring has not yet sprung

Christian CarylForeign Policy

The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.

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October 3, 2012

An idealist on death row

Christian CarylForeign Policy

Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.

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September 14, 2012

Violence and protests in the Muslim world

Fotini ChristiaMIT News

The world has been roiled by violence in North Africa and the Middle East in recent days. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in an attack this week, while violent protests were launched in many countries following the release of a video insulting the Prophet Muhammad on the Internet. MIT political scientist Fotini Christia, who studies multiethnic conflict in rebuilding nations, talked to MIT News about this complex and fluid situation.

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September 12, 2012

The Salafi moment

Christian CarylForeign PolicyAs the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya demonstrates, the ultraconservative Salafi movement is pushing to the forefront in the politics of the Middle East. The West should be careful how it reacts.

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June 5, 2012

GOP whining on military spending cuts

Benjamin FriedmanCato Institute

Cato daily podcast featuring Benjamin Friedman.

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May 1, 2012

What might an India-Pakistan war look like?

By Christopher Clary

Toward the end of his presidency, Bill Clinton argued that Kashmir, the territory disputed by India and Pakistan, was 'the most dangerous place in the world.'1 Clinton's second term saw India and Pakistan undergo reciprocal tests of nuclear weapons in 1998, followed in 1999 by the Kargil war, the first conflict between nuclear weapons states since the Ussuri River clashes between the Soviet Union and China in 1969.

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March 30, 2012

The lady's leap of faith

Christian CarylForeign Policy

Why Aung San Suu Kyi's decision to participate in a flawed election could be the biggest gamble of her career.

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November 2, 2011

How cutting Pentagon spending will fix US defense strategy

Benjamin FriedmanForeign Affairs

Austerity is the best possible auditor.

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October 20, 2011

Chappell Lawson on border security

Peter DizikesMIT News

With national security and immigration prominent as political issues, border control is a perennial topic of debate in the United States — especially as the presidential campaign heats up. What are the chief border-security issues now facing the country?

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October 20, 2011

Get ready to starve

Christian CarylForeign Policy

The West was just gearing up to send food to a hungry North Korea. Then came the death of Kim Jong Il.

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October 18, 2011

Two African women won Nobel Peace Prizes, but the continent still has a long way to go to gender equality

Jackee Budesta BatandaBoston Globe

Less than a year ago, women helped lead the reform movements that swept across Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. But now that those uprisings have succeeded, and the world's attention has shifted elsewhere, women are once again being shoved aside.

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October 18, 2011

North-South Korea talks in US serious, but civil

Harry R. WeberAssociated Press

North and South Korean representatives holding informal talks in the U.S. are sitting together at meals, sharing laughs and even breaking out together in song. But long-standing disputes still cropped up Tuesday on Day 2 of the summit at the University of Georgia.

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October 4, 2011

China's response to a rising India

Erin FriedNBR

Strategic Asia 2011–12: Asia Responds to Its Rising Powers—China and India is the eleventh volume in the Strategic Asia series and explores how key Asian states and regions are responding to the rise of China and India. NBR spoke with M. Taylor Fravel, Strategic Asia contributing author, National Asia Research Associate, and associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who argues that China views India’s rise as a largely positive development that promotes China’s own interests and objectives more than it threatens or challenges them.

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October 3, 2011

Museveni's grip on Uganda

Jackee Budesta BatandaBoston Globe

Don Innocent Wanyama, an editor with the Ugandan newspaper, Daily Monitor, wrote on Facebook, “I had never paid attention to who Vincent Nzaramba was. But our gov’t, as usual, makes me take note. I have just downloaded a copy of his book - which has caused security agents to detain him. Surely, with our poor reading culture why detain someone for writing a book? The regime should worry more about someone who sings. . .’’

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September 26, 2011

A weakened Ahmadinejad

Jim WalshCNN

Some of the stereotypes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fall short of the mark, says Jim Walsh.

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