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Algeria’s Religious Landscape: “A Balancing Act”

Across the Middle East and North Africa, several governments today find themselves in contest with a diverse array of religious actors including various politically engaged Islamist parties and the piety movements, among others. Algeria is no exception. While the...

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The Time Has Come for a Global War on Terrorism Memorial

When 19 members of al-Qaeda seized control of four civilian aircraft and crashed them into New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, killing 3,000 citizens, it guaranteed that the United States would engage in full-scale military operations to kill or...

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As the Middle East Turns: Domestic Unrest, Changing Partnerships, and an Unreliable United States

This summer was deceptively quiet in the Arab Middle East: in contrast to many previous years, there was little large-scale, overt violence, except in a couple of noteworthy cases. Much has remained the same in the Middle East for...

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The Hard Way: John McCain

Traditionally, a sense of honor can indicate at least one of two qualities. The first is an unwillingness to tolerate ...

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Taiwan, Pivoting Allies, and American Interests Abroad

It seems like nearly every week there is something in the news about how the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is squeezing the Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan) diplomatically, economically, politically, or militarily. Earlier in the summer, the Chinese...

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The Ukrainian Military: From Degradation to Renewal

In August 2015, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense officially launched a comprehensive effort to overhaul the country’s armed forces as conflict razed through the country’s Donbas region. Three years later, fighting capabilities have reached their highest levels since independence...

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Out“Foxed”: The Vulpine Network Keeps Swinging and Missing at the Carter Page FISA Applications

Much has been said and written about the initial (and three subsequent) applications used to obtain authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to electronically surveil former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page. First approved by the Foreign...

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Inexorable Changes in U.S. Foreign Policy?

It seems to be an article of faith among many members of the U.S. foreign policy community that, whenever Donald Trump—and his administration—leaves office, a subsequent president (whether a Democrat or a non-Trumpist Republican) will push a reset button...

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The Big Squeeze: Beijing’s Anaconda Strategy to Force Taiwan to Surrender

Much overlooked in continuing discussions about arms sales and what kind of strategy Taiwan should employ to counter an invasion by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the reality that the Beijing government’s real aim is to force...

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Saudi Arabia’s New Realism in Iraq

Many analysts have attempted to explain the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s outreach to post-2003 Iraq as a desire for Riyadh to have its say in Baghdad’s politics and to counter Iran’s influence. One overlooked motivation central to Saudi Arabia’s...

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