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Security Cooperation: A Key Pillar of Defense Policy

Derek S. Reveron ·

Foreign policy of the 2010s was supposed to be different: there would be no great power tensions, the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan would be strong enough to confront their own security challengers, and the US could pivot away from Middle East turmoil to do nation building at home. Yet the United States has confronted a very different world. Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed parts of...

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Religious Minorities in the Modern Middle East

Lev Weitz ·

The majority of the Middle East’s population today is Muslim, as it has been for centuries. However, as the place of origin of a range of world religions – including Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and many lesser-known faiths – it remains a region of remarkable religious diversity. This article considers the place of religious minorities in the modern Middle East from three angles:...

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After Paris: Back to Basics

Adam Garfinkle ·

At times like these, in the immediate aftermath of a convulsive and repulsive terrorist attack like that of this past Friday evening in Paris, it is a good idea to repair to basics. Doing so helps one to calm down, which is essential because, as Elena Bonner once observed, “fear gives bad advice.” It also forces us to balance the urge to “do something” with the need to think first about what is...

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The Currency of Power: Economics & Security in U.S. Foreign Policy

Robert Zoellick ·

It’s an honor to be with you. I have great respect for the contributions of FPRI and have been the beneficiary of its scholarship and publications over many years. I recall fondly my government service with the late Harvey Sicherman, who went on to ably lead FPRI for many years, and I am pleased that Alan Luxenberg has assumed the helm of this valuable institution. Thanks to all of you for...

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