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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The Belt, the Road, and Latin America

China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project was late in coming to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). First announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, OBOR, later renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), did not arrive in...

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Understanding the Turmoil and Chaos of Swedish Politics

It was a turn of events that no political commentators in Sweden foresaw. A few days ago, Sweden’s two middle-of-the-road-liberal parties, the Center Party and the Liberal Party, struck a deal with the Social Democrats to allow the latter’s...

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Taking Stock of U.S. Sanctions on Russia

Ever since the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) was signed into law in August 2017, European Union and United States sanctions policy has been out of sync. The most important difference lies not in the firms or...

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Low-Tech, High-Reward: The Houthi Drone Attack

A recent drone attack in Yemen hasn’t received much attention outside the small circle of experts that pay attention to the conflict in Yemen or the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones), but it will likely be...

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The Story of Amos Oz and the Story of Israel 

Obituaries and remembrances of Amos Oz, who died in December, have rightly focused on his enormous contributions to Israeli and world literature. But Oz was also a founding member of the group Peace Now, which advocates a two-state solution...

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The Brawl of Civilizations? A Tale of a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter from Dagestan

No real honor or glory accrues to those who after the fact resurrect past predictions, but the ascension to global fame of fighters from the tiny Russian region of the North Caucasus is one that I anticipated in 1990....

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Leaving Syria

“History is irony in motion,” wrote E.M. Cioran in his 1949 book A History of Decay. So could the seemingly ...

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Russian and Iranian “Victory” in Syria: Does It Matter?

Earlier this week reports began swirling that President Trump has decided to pull all U.S. troops from Syria despite Pentagon ...

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The Khashoggi Affair: Whither the Kingdom?  

For much of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s modern history, its foreign policy has been oriented towards preserving regional stability and upholding the status quo of the post-World War I state system. Unlike Egypt or Iraq, Saudi Arabia did...

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A Year in Taiwan’s Sovereignty

Throughout 2018, Taiwan and its sovereignty faced a barrage of threats from the People’s Republic of China in the economic, military, and diplomatic realms. These threats ranged from the serious—poaching allies and opening new flight routes—to the absurd—pressuring hotels,...

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