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Damaging Democracy: The U.S., Fethullah Gülen, and Turkey’s Upheaval

September 26, 2016 · Michael A. Reynolds

In this startling essay on the attempted coup in Turkey, FPRI senior fellow and prize-wining Princeton historian Michael Reynolds shakes up the way we think about Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Fethullah Gülen, and the United States. He tells ...

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The FARC-Colombian Peace Deal: No Better Option

September 19, 2016 · Vanessa Neumann

The recent peace deal between FARC and the Colombian government is slated to end one of the longest-running conflicts in the world. While not everyone is enthusiastic about some parts of the deal, particularly the truth-and-reconciliation process, it is ...

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Gagauzia: A Bone in the Throat

September 16, 2016 · John R. Haines

Gagauzia, known formally as the Republic of Moldova’s Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia, is of little consequence economically or otherwise, save one thing: it sits by historical accident atop a geopolitical fracture line where Russian, Turkish and Western geopolitical ...

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How Does the Syrian Civil War End for Hezbollah?

September 13, 2016 · Benedetta Berti

The recent ceasefire agreement between the United States and Russia in Syria requires the policy-making community to evaluate how Hezbollah will react to a potential end to the civil war. The organization's entrenched presence in Syria has made it ...

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Taking Stock of U.S. Policy Options in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia

September 2, 2016 · Vish Sakthivel

The three countries that comprise the Maghreb region -- Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia -- are bound by important cultural, linguistic, and economic ties, and by a shared history of French occupation. But whatever their ties, what is needed is a ...

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Putin Doubles Down in Syria

August 23, 2016 · Stephen Blank

A year ago, President Obama opined that Russian intervention in Syria would turn into a quagmire. One year later, however, Russia is expanding and consolidating its positions and goals in Syria. Bashar Assad’s rule looks more secure than ever, ...

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Egypt’s Crackdown on the Human Rights Community

August 23, 2016 · Ann M. Lesch

This essay addresses the unprecedented crackdown against advocacy organizations – a crackdown that could permanently silence voices who seek to foster an Egyptian polity based on the rule of law and respect for citizens’ rights. The government employs judicial ...

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Twenty-Five Years after the Coup that Ended the USSR

August 22, 2016 · Chris Miller

Russian tanks are not widely known as instruments of democracy, but at least one can claim that mantle. Twenty-five years ago this week, Boris Yeltsin, who would later become president of independent Russia, climbed on top of a tank ...

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Why Is Russia Blowing Smoke (Literally)? The Military Uses of Artificial Fog

August 19, 2016 · John R. Haines

Russian armed forces caused the closed city of Severomorsk to "plunge into the fog" for three days (10-12 August), reported Novosti Kratko and other Russian language news portals. Special-purpose "stationary and mobile smoke screening (dymopuska)" devices operated by the ...

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Armenia’s Everlasting Protest and Its Resonance in Post-Soviet States

August 18, 2016 · Nelli Babayan

The past July marked yet another summer of unrest in Armenia. However, unlike the protests of 2015 dubbed “Electric Yerevan,” the events of 2016 have been more controversial. The Electric Yerevan protests drew people to streets against rampant corruption ...

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