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.  

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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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Hope from a Century Past: The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the First Parliamentary Republic of the Muslim World

In the waning years of the 20th century, the global triumph of liberal democracy appeared to some of America’s leading thinkers to be, if not exactly imminent, foreordained. After first vanquishing Nazism, Italian fascism, and Japanese militarism in the...

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Walls and Other Barriers in Historical Perspective

In 2016, Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency of the United States, largely on a platform of increasing the nation’s security, particularly along the southern border. One of his signature campaign promises was the construction of a massive wall...

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The European Legacy of the Brexit Referendum: A Positive Impact on the EU

Elections to the European Parliament would not be the same without the now traditional round of soul-searching about what the rise of anti-EU populists means for EU integration. This year is no different, though the soul-searching seems especially intense...

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America Has A White Nationalist Terrorism Problem. What Should We Do?

At the beginning of the decade, American law enforcement received repeated warnings of how the improvised explosive devices (IED) employed by al Qaeda affiliates might soon make their way to the United States. The IED warnings proved correct. On...

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Trump’s Embrace of Haftar Will Reignite Libya’s Proxy War

General Khalifa Haftar, the military commander of the loosely affiliated Libyan National Army (LNA), a militia that receives military support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and Egypt, has engaged with the world’s top...

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The Mueller Report is a Sobering Recounting of Foreign Election Interference and Presidential Conduct: What Comes Next Is (Mostly) Politics

Last Thursday (April 18), the Attorney General held a news conference to commemorate his release of a redacted version of the “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” (the “Mueller Report” or the “Report”)....

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