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.  

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What’s to be Found in the “USA Liberty Act Of 2017”?

October 20, 2017 · George W. Croner

Earlier this month, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill titled the USA Liberty Act (“Liberty Act”) that would simultaneously extend (through September 30, 2023), and amend parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ...

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Parsing Xi Jinping’s Statements on Taiwan at the 19th Communist Party Congress

October 19, 2017 · Thomas J. Shattuck

On Wednesday, October 18, President Xi Jinping of China opened the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 19th Party Congress with 3+ hours-long speech. The title of his report was “Secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in ...

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The Debate Over Foreign Intelligence Legislation: George Croner responds to Lawrence Husick

October 11, 2017 · George W. Croner

The following is George Croner’s response to Lawrence Husick’s critique of his four part series “The Clock Is Ticking: Why Congress Needs to Renew America’s Most Important Intelligence Collection Program.” You may read the entire series here.  I’m not sure ...

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Trust, But Verify: The Best Rule of the Reagan Years

October 11, 2017 · Lawrence Husick

The following is a response to the four part series “The Clock Is Ticking: Why Congress Needs to Renew America’s Most Important Intelligence Collection Program” by George Croner. You may read the entire piece here. Introduction George W. Croner ...

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Russia-North Korea Economic Ties: Is There More Than Meets the Eye?

October 6, 2017 · Artyom Lukin, Liudmila Zakharova

Russia’s relations with North Korea are often ignored in the West. The conventional view is that Russia’s role with respect to the North is purely political and diplomatic, predicated on Russia’s permanent membership in the UN Security Council. Often ...

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The Clock is Ticking: Why Congress Needs to Renew America’s Most Important Intelligence Collection Program, Parts I – IV

September 29, 2017 · George W. Croner

Amidst the myriad political issues dominating the congressional calendar, Congress faces a decision on renewing the FISA Amendments Act originally enacted in 2008, extended in 2012, and now set to expire on December 31, 2017. ...

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The Clock is Ticking: Why Congress Needs to Renew America’s Most Important Intelligence Collection Program, Part IV

September 29, 2017 · George W. Croner

Accepting that the Program, as a whole, meets the reasonableness standard required by the Fourth Amendment, the critical importance of the Section 702 Program to the nation’s security should warrant its reauthorization without any neutering by Congress. Critics, however, ...

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The Clock is Ticking: Why Congress Needs to Renew America’s Most Important Intelligence Collection Program, Part III

September 27, 2017 · George W. Croner

From its statutory construct to its practical application, the Section 702 Program represents a carefully configured national intelligence undertaking that is demonstrably critical to national security. In 2012, when the provisions of the FAA were last extended, the Attorney ...

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Conference Report: Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support

September 26, 2017 · Zachary Gross

Democracy is under siege globally. The number of democracies spiked impressively after the fall of the Soviet empire in 1989-91. But over the past decade, the quality of democracy has fallen in more states than it has risen. Our ...

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The Clock is Ticking: Why Congress Needs to Renew America’s Most Important Intelligence Collection Program, Part II

September 21, 2017 · George W. Croner

The statutory scope of Section 702 can be synopsized as follows: Section 702 of FISA permits the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence to jointly authorize the (1) targeting of persons who are not United States persons, ...

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