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Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Israeli Elections 2015: Possible Coalitions

February 26, 2015 - 10:18am

In the upcoming Israeli elections on March 17, no one party is expected to win a majority of seats in the 120-seat Knesset; hence, as usual, the party that wins is not the party that leads in the vote but the party that can put together a coalition with a majority of seats, or 61. The two leading parties, Likud (led by... Read more... Tags: Israel, Elections 2015

The White House CVE Summit: What should we expect? More of the same or a new direction to counter ISIS?

February 18, 2015 - 12:37pm

Yesterday, Vice President Joseph Biden kicked off the much anticipated White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). He noted the need to,

“engage our communities and engage those who might be susceptible to being radicalized because they are marginalized….societies have to provide an affirmative alternative for immigrant communities, a sense of opportunity, a sense of belonging that discredits the terrorist’s appeal to... Read more... Tags: CVE, ISIS

Wanting It Both Ways, Principled and Practical: U.S. Policy toward Thailand

February 17, 2015 - 10:42am

The increased strain between the United States and Thailand, longtime allies in Southeast Asia, was evident during their 34th annual Cobra Gold military exercise last week.  The size of the U.S. contingent was noticeably smaller than a year earlier and the scope of the exercise was limited to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (normally it includes an amphibious landing component).  At the exercise’s opening ceremony, the U.S. representative directly commented on... Read more... Tags: Thailand, United States, Southeast Asia, Democracy, sanctions, Cobra Gold, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama

Ukraine Crisis Timeline as of January 30, 2015

February 2, 2015 - 4:26pm

In July 2014 we published a post titled “Ukraine Crisis Timeline: Talk of Peace, Acts of War.” This updated version of that post makes clear the pattern of Vladimir Putin’s strategy of iterative deception and aggression.

... Read more... Tags: Russo-Ukrainian War, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin