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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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Intelligent U.S. Foreign Policy Begins with Seeing Complexity in both Riyadh and Tehran

U.S. decision makers have often had to apply this kind of mental dexterity in crafting foreign policies toward Saudi Arabia—an authoritarian country that obviously does not share Western democratic traditions and even occasionally acts to undermine American national security...

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Jordan and Israel: A Wake-up Call along a Quiet Border

On October 21, Jordan’s King Abdallah II announced that he would not renew two annexes to the 1994 peace treaty with Israel. They deal with two small parcels of land, Naharayim (known in Arabic as al-Baqura), south of the...

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Foreign Policy and the 2018 Midterms

How might international issues play into the coming U.S. midterm elections? The conventional wisdom is that foreign policy rarely matters in congressional midterms, and will have no impact this November. In reality, however, even a cursory glance at American...

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The Caliph’s Role in the (un)Surprising Resilience of the Islamic State

Since 2016, the Islamic State has lost its caliphate and 98% of its territory, seen its overall operations decline by about 70%, had its coterie of capable commanders and media officials killed, and retreated from highly visible social media...

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The Need for a Grand Plan in Gaza

Over the past few weeks, media attention in Israel was mainly focused on developments on the northern front, such as threats from Iran, Hezbollah, Syria—and the potential limits posed by Russia on the Israeli air force's maneuvering space above...

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NAFTA’s Overhaul: From Stability to Uncertainty

As it approaches its 25th year of existence, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) faces its biggest challenge. Signed in 1992 by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to eliminate barriers to trade and investment,...

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Sanctioning Iran, Developing Relations with India, and the New Economic Order

On May 8, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and would re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran that had been alleviated as part of...

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The End of a “Strategic” Relationship? How American-Turkish Relations Hit Historic Lows

The onset of fall finds American-Turkish relations undergoing the most severe crisis in their history. In August, the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Turkey and imposed tariffs on some Turkish imports. These steps sent the vulnerable Turkish lira tumbling...

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The Risk to American Intelligence Operations: Devin Nunes and the False Carter Page Narrative

Since I first discussed the Carter Page FISA Applications in February, the partisanship that initially spawned the production of the Devin Nunes-sponsored memorandum accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Justice Department of FISA abuses ...

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Strategic Implications of the Syrian Offensive in Idlib

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces appear poised to launch an offensive operation to retake all or portions of Syria’s last major remaining oppositionist stronghold in the Idlib province. All major players in this looming battle are posturing to shape...

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