E-Notes

FPRI’s E-Notes are policy-oriented articles covering current developments around the globe that impinge upon American foreign policy and national security priorities.  Through Email, and Social Media, they are circulated to more than 250,000 individuals in virtually every country around the world, and reach thousands more on our website.  

Prior to 2005, E-Notes were known as FPRI Wires.  For a list of all available FPRI Wires, please click here.

Abha Airport Missile Attack: Understanding the Houthi-Iranian Logic in Escalation

On June 12, the Houthi-run Yemeni al-Masirah channel announced that the movement had successfully used a cruise missile to hit the control tower at the airport in Abha, Saudi Arabia, putting it out of operation. Shortly thereafter, Saudi officials...

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Dealing with Iran Will Not Be Enough to Restore Regional Stability

As U.S.-Iranian tensions mount amidst increasing pressures of intensified U.S. economic sanctions and apparent Iranian-linked attacks on Gulf shipping, U.S. policymakers will be understandably focused on the military dimension of confronting and deterring Iran. However, neither the American public...

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The New Long March: Trade War between China and the United States

When Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet at the G-20 summit in June 2019, there are hopes that they ...

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The 2019 Shangri La Dialogue: Not Quite the Land of Peace and Harmony

Each year since its founding in 2002, high-ranking officials of Asian-Pacific states gather for what is billed as the area’s ...

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President Trump Should Not Pardon Soldiers Convicted of War Crimes

Much has been written in recent days regarding President Trump’s intention to pardon U.S. military commanders convicted of committing serious ...

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The New Assange Indictment: Persecuting the Press or the Overdue Protection of National Security Secrets?

On Thursday, May 23rd, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia handed down a superseding indictment in Criminal ...

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Taiwan on (the) Edge

Over the past 30 years there have been many moments when Taiwan-watchers worked themselves into a tizzy worrying about the ...

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And The Beat Goes On: Congress Spars with Trump and Barr Over the Mueller Report

For those who thought that the long-awaited release of the redacted “Report On The Investiga-tion Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” (the “Mueller Report” or the “Report”) might presage an end to debate over the controversial events...

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Iran Seeks to Cement Legitimacy of Shia Militias

Since March, a series of massive floods has devastated several regions of Islamic Republic of Iran. Dozens have died, and many more have been displaced after severe damage to their homes. And the damage caused to infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications,...

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Missiles on Ships. Making Sense of Iran’s Recent Moves in the Gulf

Yet again, there is a dramatic rise in tension in the Middle East, and, yet again, missiles are at the heart of it. On May 6, the Trump administration announced that it would deploy the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier...

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