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Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

In China: “A Peaceful Democratic Transition?"

March 22, 2015 - 9:04am


Nothing appears by accident in the Global Times, Beijing’s mass-circulation tabloid owned by the People’s Daily and run by the Communist Party. So I was astonished to read there, in an editorial feature this past March 9, the following sentence:  “The West has never thought that China will have a ‘peaceful democratic transition," [... Read more... Tags: China, Xi Jinping, Democracy, democratic transitions, Zhou Yongkang

Bundeswehr 2.0: A German Military for a New Normal

March 19, 2015 - 12:02pm

A visit to Germany’s military history museum in Dresden reveals just how deeply ambivalent modern Germany is about its military, the Bundeswehr.  One account described it as “a meditation on mankind’s addiction to state violence.”  No wonder that Germany—despite being Europe’s most populous and wealthiest country—has continuously cut the size of the Bundeswehr since the end of the Cold War.  While much of that was warranted, given the disappearance of the Soviet threat, today’s Bundeswehr is... Read more... Tags: Germany, military, army, navy, air force, Russia, NATO, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin

Reflections on Granieri's "Open Letters, Closed Minds, and the Making of US Foreign Policy"

March 12, 2015 - 9:48am

In his Geopoliticus thought-piece on the "Tom Cotton Letter," Ron Granieri, expresses an understandable, widely shared frustration with official... Read more... Tags: Cotton Letter, U.S. Foreign Policy, Iran, Non-Binding Agreements, Separation of Powers

Open Letters, Closed Minds, and the Making of US Foreign Policy

March 11, 2015 - 11:18am

Friends and colleagues have asked me several times today for my opinion on the open letter to the Iranian government signed by forty-seven Republican members of the Senate, also known as the “Tom... Read more... Tags: Cotton Letter, Separation of Powers, U.S. Foreign Policy, Iran, Nuclear Negotiations

ISIS Gets Kicked Off Twitter: Will they evolve or devolve on the Internet?

March 11, 2015 - 9:52am

Thousands of ISIS member Twitter accounts have been shutdown over the past two weeks by Twitter. The implications are apparently dire for ISIS.  While they continued to recreate accounts to re-establish their audiences in social media, some members of ISIS and their... Read more... Tags: ISIS, Twitter