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Trump and Taiwan: A Fresh Start or a Turn for the Worse?

January 17, 2017 · June Teufel Dreyer

From the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign season, it was clear that the Republican Party envisioned changes in American policy toward Taiwan. Its convention adopted a platform that devoted a lengthy paragraph to Taiwan, noting the two ...

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Tillerson the Realist

January 16, 2017 · Colin Dueck

Last week, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, underwent Senate confirmation hearings. Venues like The Washington Post were predictably critical, especially on the issue of human rights. But the critics seem to ...

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Re-Shuffling of the Cards in Lebanon: Meet the New Government

January 9, 2017 · Benedetta Berti

The end of 2016 brought important changes in Lebanon. Michel Aoun’s election in October finally ended the destabilizing presidential vacuum in place since May 2014, ushering in a new government of national unity under the premiership of Saad Hariri. ...

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Sectarianism and War in Iraq and Syria

January 5, 2017 · Brandon Friedman, Uzi Rabi

In mid-December 2016, outgoing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon referred to Aleppo as a “synonym for hell“ and said that Adama Dieng, the U.N.'s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, warned of the risk of genocide there. ...

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A Presidential Strategy Board: Enabling Strategic Competence

January 3, 2017 · Frank G. Hoffman

The National Security Council (NSC) staff was once called the Keepers of the Keys, managers of the coordinating process that is central to an administration’s ability to plan and conduct a successful grand strategy. The NSC has had ...

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Resolution Convolutions

December 29, 2016 · Adam Garfinkle

The State of Israel, and the U.S.-Israeli relationship, now stand before new perils—potentially quite serious ones. You might suppose that I am referring to the implications of the recent U.S. abstention in the U.N. Security Council concerning Resolution 2334. ...

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What the Assassination of the Russian Ambassador May Be Telling Us about Erdoğan’s Turkey

December 23, 2016 · Michael A. Reynolds

The assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in an Ankara art gallery on December 19 was a dramatic event in every way. The ambassador had just begun speaking to the audience when a man pacing behind him, ...

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Looking Back a Quarter Century after the USSR’s Collapse

December 21, 2016 · Chris Miller

On 7:32pm on December 25, 1991, a red flag with a golden hammer and sickle was lowered for the last time from the Kremlin. It was replaced with the Russian tricolor: white, blue, red. “I hereby discontinue my activities ...

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How We Misunderstand the Sources of Religious Violence

December 19, 2016 · Adam Garfinkle

In these days and in this country, when most people hear the phrase “sources of religious violence,” they tend to conflate religious violence with terrorism, tend to assume that the principal source of that violence is “religious” in nature, ...

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The Flawed Hope of Sufi Promotion in North Africa

December 19, 2016 · Vish Sakthivel

Sufism has been repeatedly invoked in U.S. foreign policy circles as a possible ideological counterbalance to extremist ideologies in the Middle East and greater “Islamic world.” On a superficial level, for those who view politics as a “battle of ...

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