Commentary

The Extradition Case of Dmytro Firtash, A Ukrainian Oligarch with Global Connections

The Kremlin’s influence over political and business networks is everywhere these days, or so it would seem. Russian-style disinformation, corruption, and military doctrines are regularly discussed in the U.S. press. These stories often appear incredible. Yet, individuals like Dmytro...

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Grassroots to the Rescue: Advancing Egyptian-Israeli Peace

This past March marked the 40th anniversary of the ratification of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty—a peace that has remained in limbo ever since the ink dried from my uncle’s signature. ...

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Returning Home: Evaluating Statelessness among Former Jihadists

When addressing the case of Hoda Muthana, an American-born former ISIS member, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, “Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. . . . She’s...

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The Odd Couple: Singapore’s Relations with China

In November 2016, China seized nine armored vehicles that Singapore had shipped through Hong Kong on their return from a training exercise on Taiwan. A day after the seizure, China’s foreign ministry announced that “the Chinese government has always...

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Pompeo and the Settlements: It’s the Politics, Stupid

On November 18, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that it was the view of the U.S. government that Israeli settlements in the West Bank were not necessarily illegal according to international law. Since the announcement a torrent...

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An American Failure: CAATSA and Deterring Russian Arms Sales

The views presented in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization. ...

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Shifting Poles in the Middle East: Implications for U.S. Regional Strategy

The Arab uprisings and subsequent civil wars sweeping the region beginning in late 2010 have fundamentally shifted the internal regional balance of power in ways that U.S. policy has yet to account for. Pro-Western autocrats in Egypt, Tunisia, and...

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FISA Renewal Controversy: The Suddenly Very Conspicuous Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

For quite some time now, it has been virtually impossible not to hear or read something about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), its use by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to secure orders from the Foreign Intelligence...

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Resist and Reward: Vietnam’s Naval Expansion

Without a doubt, the Southeast Asian country most willing to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea has been Vietnam. Its government and people have long resisted China. Vietnam famously fought its most recent war against China in...

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Sense of Place in Narva: How Do Narva’s Residents Feel and Think about Their City?

Narva, Estonia, is a city of contrasts and constant concern. Estonia’s third largest city, Narva is predominantly home to ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers, including many Russian citizens and stateless residents. The country’s rich oil shale region and part of...

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