As ISIS expands in number and territory, and ambitiously declares the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate, anxiety is growing among leaders and citizens in neighboring Jordan. The key U.S. ally is precariously situated on the frontline of ISIS’s violent campaign.
Despite the most recent round of significant sanctions, we can expect several more rounds of peaceful statements and gestures from Moscow, followed each time by further de facto escalation in support of the Russian-led separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The recent rise of authoritarianism in Eurasia and elsewhere seems to be encouraging further destabilization of other fragile democracies. This time Hungary’s brash Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke to local students and made a series of bold statements about his vision of a new Hungarian that is a “work-based society that will abandon liberal democracy.”
The recent report that ISIS seized a quantity of previously unreported material from a university laboratory in Iraq sparked much commentary about the possibility of a malefactor fashioning and detonating a so-called “dirty bomb.”
Freedom of the Seas is one of the central principles of American foreign policy. In what should be a parallel concept, Freedom of the Skies, the international community has adopted a more complex and primarily commercial framework that lacks both clarity and any means of enforcement.
FPRI’s Dominic Tierney comments on Iraqi PM Nouri Al-Maliki’ new speech in which he resists calls for him to step down over his handling of the country’s current crisis, and criticizes Iraq’s current president.
FPRI’s Mike Noonan appeared on ABC TV Philadelphia to discuss the latest developments, warning of the prospect of a real genocide — there being only some 200,000 to 500,000 Yazidis in the world and all are targeted by the Islamic State.