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    “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem”?:  Not a Chance

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    President Trump’s announcement yesterday that the U.S. government would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital predictably set off a preternaturally gigantic spilling of electronic ink. A good deal of it on the radio and in social media, as best I can tell, amounts to semi-ignorant blather; it hence constitutes a ...

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  • Rep. Devin Nunes (left) and Sen. Rirchard Burr (right)

    The Gun Lap: FISA Renewal in the Homestretch

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    As the calendar has turned to December, a fifth bill addressing the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has been introduced in Congress. This past week, Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced the “FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of ...

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  • Ismat Chughtai (right) with Indian actress Rekha. (Source: Ashish Sawhney Papers, Mumbai, India)

    Finding Hope in Islamic History

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    “Islam is rotten to the core," snapped a fellow guest at a recent wedding after I shared that my doctoral dissertation was about Indian Muslims. We’ve all heard similar claims—that Islam is essentially violent, totalitarian, and unenlightened. Attacks carried out in the name of Islam, and the intense media ...

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  • Nuclear Weapons And Russian-North Korean Relations

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    Since the late 19th century Russia has been a major stakeholder in Korean affairs, at times exercising critical influence on the peninsula. The unfolding crisis over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs may significantly raise Russia’s profile on the peninsula. ...

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  • Russia and Crisis Management on the Korean Peninsula

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    This report argues that the United States should attempt to engage the Russian Federation as a potential broker of negotiations over Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Russia’s ascension to a more prominent role in North Korean affairs is long overdue and could add some heft ...

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