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Ukraine: The Violent Contraries

John R. Haines · ·

Do we ever get what we really want?  Do we ever achieve what our powers have ostensibly equipped us for?  No: everything works by contraries. Nikolai Gogol "Diary of a Madman and Other Stories"

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The Race for Drones

Michael J. Boyle · ·

Over the last two decades, the United States has been the world’s pre-eminent user and supplier of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).  In 2013, the United States was estimated to have approximately 7,500 drones in operation, ranging from relatively small surveillance drones to the more famous Predator and Reaper models used for targeted killings in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

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A New King for Saudi Arabia

Rachel Bronson · ·

Saudi Arabia’s smooth leadership succession is exceptional in today’s violent and bloody Middle East. In neighboring Yemen, a coup upended local politics and is threatening to turn very ugly very quickly. In Iraq, Washington, Riyadh and Tehran forced a power transition when the Maliki regime failed to contain and defeat the Islamic State.

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Europe: What Went Wrong?

Ronald J. Granieri · ·

Back in April 2012, I presented a paper at a meeting of the FPRI Study Group on America and the West with the catchy title, “Who Killed Europe?” Later published as an FPRI E-Note, that essay, written in the early stages of the Euro financial crisis, tried to disentangle the responsibility for Europe’s mounting pro

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