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Presenting the Winter 2015 Issue of Orbis

Mac Owens is Editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal of international affairs, and Senior Fellow in our Program on National Security. Orbis is published for the Foreign Policy Research Institute by Elsevier. For subscription or other information, visit the Elsevier website. FPRI members at the $150 level or above receive a complimentary subscription (for individuals, not institutions). For membership information, visit the FPRI member's page



FPRI's Chris Miller Writes for Russia! on the Moldovan Divide Between Russia and the EU

"For the past several years, Moldova has been governed by a coalition of parties that back EU integration. The government has signed an association agreement with the EU, which will improve economic connections with Europe. Yet the current Moldovan government has presided over an administration that has failed to reckon with many of Moldova’s most pressing problems.


A Note from Alan Luxenberg, President, FPRI

"If you're not busy being born, then you're busy dying." -- Bob Dylan

Dear Friends,

As suggested by the epigraph from Bob Dylan, we need constantly and forever to re-examine ourselves, reinvigorate ourselves, and even re-invent ourselves in order to survive and thrive.  This is what we have set out to do at FPRI by –   


FPRI Archive: Ashton Carter on Future Defense Challenges, Orbis, Winter 2009

Abstract: The next American president will face a daunting list of national security problems, including a serious defense budget crunch. The budget crisis will be deepened by the global financial crisis, a tapering of supplemental funding associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the steady growth of military healthcare and other personnel costs. After six years of rapid defense budget increases, the Pentagon has lost the practice ofmatching strategy and resources.


FPRI's Felix Chang Cited in Report on China's Nuclear Submarines

Felix Chang"While China doesn’t view North Korea as a direct nuclear risk, officials are concerned about what might happen if North Korea threatened South Korea or Japan and the region became unstable.... China’s nuclear-armed submarines will be 'useful as a hedge to any potential nuclear threats, including those from North Korea, even if they are relatively small...'”


FPRI's Chris Miller Writes for Russia! on Europe Blocking Construction of a New Russian Pipeline

"The latest casualty of the Ukraine crisis was formally announced earlier this week: the South Stream pipeline. Though the Russian government had been pushing the pipeline for years, the European Union had blocked the project, ostensibly over worries about its effect on Europe’s gas market, but in large part due to concerns that it weakened Ukraine’s position vis-à-vis Russia.


FPRI's Jacques deLisle Comments on Establishing a Chinese Rule of Law in Global Times

"A full-fledged rule of law means accepting significant legal limits on Party and State power and accepting law-mandated outcomes that sometimes are at odds with Party or State goals and preferences."

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FPRI's Clint Watts Cited in Washington Post on Unconventional Warfare, IS, and the West

"...Unconventional operations can be far less costly in money and lives than kinetic action on the battlefield. Rather than a wild spray of bullets from an Apache helicopter gunship (which often creates as many enemies as it kills), these tools can subtly encourage an adversary to attack itself.


FPRI's Jacques deLisle Interviewed by HuffPost Live About Hong Kong Protests

"One of the real issues here is a misalignment in both perceptions and agendas.  There are a lot of people in Hong Kong; the protesters are the foremost among them, but there is certainly a broader group that has expected greater and more rapid progress toward democracy.


FPRI's Alumnus Patrick Clawson Awarded Iran Book Prize by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

"Dr. Clawson’s award-winning book is the first detailed study of Iran's monetary history from the advent of the Safavid dynasty in 1501 to the end of Qajar rule in 1925. Using an array of previously unpublished sources in ten languages, the authors consider the specific monetary conditions in Iran's modern history, as well as the larger regional and global economic context. Co-authors Dr.