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The Chemistry of Syrian Lies and U.S. Credulity Revealed

October 20, 2016 · Adam Garfinkle

U.S. mainstream media failed to properly investigate the Assad regime's handover of its chemical weapon stockpiles. Even as evidence mounted that all was not as it seemed, major news outlets ignored the signs. Recent reports vindicate Adam Garfinkle, the ...

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Surveying Saudi Arabia’s Youthful Majority

October 20, 2016 · Joseph Braude

Polling data suggest that Saudi millennials are more focused on domestic reforms than foreign conflict and want someone their age to run the country. ...

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2016: A Summer of (Liberal) Canadian Content

October 18, 2016 · David T. Jones

October 19, 2016 will mark the first anniversary of the Liberal triumph in the Canadian federal election. It was a stunning victory for Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party, which held a weak, third-place status in the Canadian Parliament ...

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A Major Blunder at the UN Narrowly Averted

October 17, 2016 · Yves Kugelmann

Serious questions have been raised about European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva's past in Soviet-era Bulgaria, as well as her alleged present family ties with a business conglomerate that U.S. diplomats in Sofia have described as “once the doyen of Bulgarian ...

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How National Security Decisions are Made

October 14, 2016 · Nikolas K. Gvosdev

National security decisions have increasingly become centralized within the White House in what is called “palace politics," where those with access to the President help to shape national security decisions. Cabinet members face getting boxed out of the decision-making ...

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“Irreversible Arms Reductions” Finds Reverse Gear: Mr. Putin’s Russia Sends a Signal

October 12, 2016 · John R. Haines

On 3 October, the Russian government announced that legislation was introduced into the State Duma to suspend a 2000 agreement with the United States for the disposition of equal quantities of weapon-grade plutonium from their respective stockpiles. ...

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Of Georgian Personalities and Politics: European Dreams, National Elections, and Future Days

October 7, 2016 · Luis Navarro

Bidzina Ivanishvili of the Georgian Dream coalition and Misha Saakashvili of the United National Movement are two large-than-life figures in Georgian politics. The 2016 Georgian parliamentary elections on October 8 will answer the question of which party's message ...

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Shimon Peres (1923-2016): A Man of Contradictions?

September 29, 2016 · Adam Garfinkle

Shimon Peres: Inspirational or exasperating? Both. Wise or foolish? Both. Selfless or selfish? Both. Humble or egotistical? Both, in his own way. A complicated and contradictory man he was. One can only hope that, when all is said ...

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Keynote Address: Implications of the 2016 Elections for Economic and Security Issues

September 29, 2016 · J. Stapleton Roy

Despite its many problems, East Asia remains the principal global bright spot. Unlike the Middle East and Europe, where it is difficult to see a good outcome from their many problems, East Asia has the potential to continue to ...

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Distinguishing the True from the False: Fakes & Forgeries in Russia’s Information War Against Ukraine

September 28, 2016 · John R. Haines

The intent of Russian strategic deception is to alter a target population's perception of reality in the interest of advancing some strategic objective or set of objectives. One Russian deception technique is disinformation, which includes intentionally misrepresenting events. Strategic ...

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