E-Notes

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.

Systemic Crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

January 8, 2018 · Hawre Hasan Hama

To achieve stability and prosperity, the Kurdish Region of Iraq needs to address the politicization of its institutions. This problem has been years in the making, and it will take considerable effort to enact meaningful reforms. However, doing so ...

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The FISA Section 702 Saga: With Section 702 on the Brink of Expiring, Where Do Things Go From Here?

January 3, 2018 · George W. Croner

It is late October and a truck careens through lower Manhattan striking innocent pedestrians killing 8 and injuring 11 others. In mid-December, a bomb explodes in the Port Authority bus terminal near Times Square. The bomb is carried by ...

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The Conviction and Suicide of Slobodan Praljak and the Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

December 19, 2017 · Andrea Matačić Cayley

The end of November at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was a period filled with anticipation about the forthcoming decision on Bosnian Serb former general Ratko Mladic. The court was also reaching the conclusion of ...

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Yemen’s Search for a New Order

December 14, 2017 · Abdullah Hamidaddin

It is difficult to understand deceased ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen’s calculations before he was killed by a Houthi sniper, and it even more difficult to predict accurately what is to come in Yemen after his death. We ...

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Understanding the Conviction of General Ratko Mladic

December 14, 2017 · Andrea Matačić Cayley

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) rendered its decision in the case of Bosnian Serb former general Ratko Mladic. The decision comes 22 years after Mladic’s final grotesque criminal acts at ...

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

December 7, 2017 · Adam Garfinkle

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 ...

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The New Eurasia Energy Landscape: Conference Report

December 7, 2017 · Zachary Gross

By some measures, Eurasia’s energy landscape has changed more in the past several years than in the previous several decades. The price of oil remains at half its level of four years ago and shows no sign of rising. ...

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Of Little Green Men and Long Black Robes: The Role of the Orthodox Church in the Conflict in Ukraine

December 7, 2017 · Fr. Anthony Perkins

It is an honor to have been invited to present the twenty-first Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. It is humbling to be part of a series that has included scholars whose ...

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The Gun Lap: FISA Renewal in the Homestretch

December 6, 2017 · George W. Croner

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 ...

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Finding Hope in Islamic History

December 5, 2017 · Sadaf Jaffer

“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 ...

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