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Presenting the Fall 2014 Issue of Orbis

By Mackubin T. Owens


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: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/orbis/

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FPRI's Ahmed Charai and Joseph Braude Write in the National Interest on ISIS' Female Recruits

Ahmed Charai
"Whatever the precise breakdown of national origins and proportion to men, female jihadists carry a significance greater than their numbers. From the cynical standpoint of ISIS and similarly-minded groups, they are a propaganda coup, and a further incentive to men to join their ranks."

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FPRI Surpasses Brookings -- On Facebook

PHILADELPHIA--Earlier today, FPRI (budget of $1.7 Million) surpassed the Brookings Institution (budget of $93 Million) in terms of numbers of Fans on Facebook:

Brookings: 115,502
FPRI: 115,560 

Another meaningful indicator measures level of engagement (Facebook calls it "people talking about this"): the number of people liking, sharing, or commenting on the institution's page in the past week:

Brookings: 2,860
FPRI: 6,252

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FPRI's Mike Noonan Blogs for US News Opinion about the Strategic Consequences of Redrawing the Map of International Politics

Michael Noonan"Whether motivated by ethnonationalism or religious beliefs, such revanchist or irredentist aims are in no way new. However, this revolutionary trend in international politics, as in past instances, could make for increasingly antagonistic and potentially belligerent rearrangements of international and regional power dynamics."

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FPRI's Michael Noonan Quoted in Mashable Article on the Possibility of a Ground War Against ISIS

Michael Noonan"The whole notion of 'no boots on the ground' really seems to mean that there will be no large-scale conventional U.S. ground troops involved in the conflict."

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FPRI's Jakub Grygiel in the American Interest on "The Russian Autocrat’s Eternal Return"

Jakub Grygiel"Russia has always presented a puzzle to the Western analyst and policymaker. Too big to be ignored, yet too weak to be considered the principal menace by the West; too authoritarian and corrupt to be accepted, yet too geographically and culturally proximate to be fully rejected; too bad-tempered to be a partner, yet too frail to be an existential rival.

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FPRI Board of Advisors Member Kori Schake in Foreign Policy on "America's Halfhearted 'Pivot' to Asia"

Kori Schake"Whatever Obama may say about rebalancing, the United States remains preoccupied with the Middle East."

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FPRI's Michael Cecire Quoted in the BBC on Frozen Conflicts

Michael Cecire"There are several patterns one can see repeated in Russian meddling in its periphery...For one thing, Moscow is very skilled at using soft influence operations to generate demand for its 'protection'."

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FPRI's Clint Watts Quoted in Vox.com on Westerners Joining ISIS

Clint watts"The 9/11 attacks took a couple years to put together and pull off. To expect ISIS to be able to pull something like that is not reasonable."

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