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August 22, 2014

FPRI Senior Fellow Michael Boyle in New York Times on the Hazards of Calling ISIS a Cancer

Michael Boyle"But if the 'war on terror' has taught us anything, it is that such moralistic language can blind its users to consequences. Describing a group as 'inexplicable' and 'nihilistic,' as Mr. Kerry did, tends to obscure the group’s strategic aims and preclude further analysis.

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August 21, 2014

FPRI's Mike Noonan Quoted in Mashable Article about Kidnappings in the Middle East

Michael Noonan"But the Islamic State — which was affiliated with al-Qaeda until al-Qaeda disassociated itself from the group, saying the radicals were too brutal — may be less dependent on ransoms than other extremist organizations, according to Michael Noonan, the national security program director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute."

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August 21, 2014

FPRI's Mike Noonan Blogs at US News about the Complications of Combating ISIS

Michael Noonan"The U.S. can't do nothing in Iraq, but getting pulled into another long war isn't an option."

Read the full post here.

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August 18, 2014

FPRI's Mike Noonan quoted in the Washington Post on the use of the National Guard in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Noonan"On one level, in the case of Ferguson, it’s a little bit backwards. You would think that escalation would [start with] the local policeman, then maybe state policemen, then the National Guard would come in, and they would have the bigger vehicles, they would be more heavily armed. You’d think there would be a natural progression there. In Ferguson, it’s almost opposite."

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August 18, 2014

FPRI Reaches New Milestone on Facebook: 100,000 Fans

On August 18, 2014, the Foreign Policy Research Institute reached a new milestone on Facebook, getting its 100,000th "fan" or "like." This is up from 48,000 fans at the beginning of the year, and up from 2,000 fans at the beginning of 2013.

Interestingly, we have more fans in India than we do in the United States, according to data provided by Facebook, and more in Cairo, Karachi, and Kabul than in Washington DC.

Listed below are our top 10 countries and cities (spanning 5 continents), as of August 18:

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August 14, 2014

FPRI's Barak Mendelsohn in Foreign Affairs on "ISIS' Gruesome Gamble"

Barak Mendelsohn"For now, it is impossible to say whether ISIS intended to provoke the United States to intervene or simply miscalculated. But it is hard to believe ISIS did not understand that threatening the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan would mean directly challenging the U.S. alliance with the Kurds and potentially provoking it to fight. Indeed, it is likely that ISIS viewed such a challenge as a win-win situation."

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August 13, 2014

FPRI's Barak Mendelsohn on WHYY's Radio Times: The Crisis in Iraq

Barak MendelsohnFPRI Senior Fellow Barak Mendelsohn was featured along with UPenn Professor Brendan O'Leary in a recent episode of Radio Times on "The Crisis in Iraq."

You can listen to the episode here.

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August 12, 2014

FPRI Insights Issue 1

August 12, 2014

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July 11, 2014

Presenting the Summer 2014 Issue of Orbis

OrbisIn the lead article of our summer issue of Orbis, Kori Schake of the Hoover Institution, a former high-level staffer at both the Pentagon and State Department during the George W. Bush administration, takes the executive branch, Congress, and the U.S. military all to task for failing to align policy, strategy, and resources. She contends that we are “playing a strong hand poorly,” while “self-indulgently consoling ourselves with the [patently false] refrain that no one has ever had it as difficult as we.” She refutes this claim by contrasting today’s defense debate with the one that took place during the Eisenhower Administration, concluding that the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, unlike the Basic National Security Policy (BNSP) review of 1954, did not truly address the challenges the United States faces and how to reorient our forces to address them. Read more...

June 26, 2014

Michael Hayden to Keynote FPRI's Annual Dinner and Receive 10th Annual Benjamin Franklin Award

Michael Hayden

The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is proud to announce that Gen. (Ret.) Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and NSA, will receive the 10th Annual Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service at the organization’s 2014 Annual Dinner. General Hayden will also deliver the keynote address at the event, which will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

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