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FPRI's Michael Cecire Interviewed by Interpressnews about Western Sanctions on Russia

Michael Cecire"...The White House does intend to maintain sanctions if it can, but there is no question that the broader Western consensus on sanctions is slowly disintegrating before our eyes. Should Berlin win enough concessions from Russia, there is definitely a danger that Europe -- in part or whole -- dismantle economic sanctions on Russia, even if Crimea or the Donbas are not returned to Ukrainian sovereignty."


Presenting the Spring 2015 Issue of Orbis

We kick off the spring issue of Orbis with a very important article by Arthur Waldron, who contends that China’s adoption of a more forward policy militarily and a deeply revisionist approach diplomatically, especially since 2010, took the United States and its allies by surprise because American assumptions about China have been far too optimistic. Waldron surveys the new situation and concludes that neither we, nor our allies, understand the origins of the present situation, and accordingly how to deal with it. He believes that the situation can be managed and retrieved, but not without some major and quite unexpected changes.


FPRI President Alan Luxenberg Interviewed on WYLL Chicago about the Israeli Election Results

Alan LuxenbergIn discussing the Israeli election results, FPRI President Alan Luxenberg argued that Netanyahu's late-inning dismissal of the two-state solution would eventually be reversed because the two-state solution may be a terrible idea but it is better than all the alternatives and there is no way for Israel to remain both a Jewish state and a democratic state without it.  Netanyahu's sounding an


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FPRI's June Teufel Dreyer Quoted in Washington Post on Xi Jinping's Emerging Culture of Praise

June Teufel Dreyer"It’s as if Xi is saying, ‘It’s my party and I’ll have it the way I want to.’"

Read the full article here.


FPRI's Jacques deLisle Interviewed on the Knowledge@Wharton Podcast about Doing Business in China

Jacques deLisle"Companies of any significant scale will tell you they can’t afford not to be in China."

Listen to the full podcast here.


FPRI's David Satter Interviewed by Ukraine Today on Arming Ukraine

David Satter"If Ukraine is given sufficient weapons to defend its territory, it will be much easier to at least maintain a kind of stalemate. In the long run, this stalemate could provide the basis for a settlement by making it clear to Russia that it cannot achieve its goals."


FPRI's Clint Watts Appears on the Loopcast Podcast Discussing CVE

Clint Watts"Takedowns do disrupt the communication of the propaganda and do disaggregate the audience. And so the Shabaab case study is the first one in that Shabaab's Twitter account was taken down, and you really saw the loss of momentum in the online community in terms of their supporters."


FPRI's Clint Watts Interviewed on CNN about Terrorists' Use of Social Media

Clint Watts"al Qaeda was very sort of static in their social media use. It was speeches and videos. What ISIS has done is the've made it engaging multimedia and interactive. So you can interract with people that are actualy putting out that propoganda. They really came around and got some technical savvy. They're doing a lot of automation. You're talking about 90,000 tweets. That's not people clicking.


FPRI's Jacqueline Deal Participates in ChinaFile Conversation on the Possibility of a Sino-Russian Pact

Jacqueline Deal"China has extended critical financial support to Russia in the wake of the Ukraine-related sanctions. But one wonders what Beijing has asked for, and received, in return. China’s tough bargaining on energy deals reduced Russian profit margins, and energy is now cheap anyway. Has Russia offered up its best aircraft, air defense systems, or undersea capabilities in exchange for Chinese cash?