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Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

The West Needs to Stop Obsessing About Putin

November 25, 2015 - 11:22am

November 25, 2015

Whether the Western media views Russian President Vladimir Putin as losing or winning, as... Read more... Tags: Russia, Vladimir Putin, Democracy Promotion

The Local Proxy Problem

November 22, 2015 - 11:00am

November 22, 2015

On Thursday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined a bold plan to expand the war against ISIS during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. “We should be honest about the fact that to be successful, airstrikes will have to be combined with ground forces... Read more... Tags: Hilary Clinton, Syria, U.S. Strategy, iraq, Afghanistan, yemen, proxy wars

Why Assad Must Go

November 18, 2015 - 4:09pm

November 18. 2015

The recent attacks in Paris have underscored the need to defeat the Islamic State and reignited debates over how to do so. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and once again we are hearing that “we may have to hold our noses”[1] and work with people like the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. This is not a new suggestion. Since shortly after American forces began bombing the... Read more... Tags: Syria, Bashar al-Assad, Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, U.S. Strategy

Who Conducted the Paris Attacks & Stormed the Bataclan Theater? ISIS? Al Qaeda?

November 13, 2015 - 7:06pm

*Posted on 13 November 2015, 1900 hours EST*

Information regarding the Paris Attacks on Friday night November 13th remain limited at this point.  While we should remain open to almost any possiblity, this would presumably appear the work of jihadists. I've returned to my framework for "Assessing Jihadist Plots In The West" which I created after... Read more... Tags: Paris Attacks, al Qaeda, ISIS

2015 Parliamentary Elections in Azerbaijan: still no prospects for democratization

November 13, 2015 - 4:13pm

November 13, 2015

On November 1st, Azerbaijan held its fifth parliamentary elections since independence. In the days that followed, those browsing the internet for reports on conduct and outcome of the elections might have found the following headlines:

Azerbaijani NGO calls on citizens to be active at parliamentary election

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