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.

Americans, the NSA is Still Listening: Section 702 is Alive and Well

January 25, 2018 · Lawrence Husick

George W. Croner, in his January 22, 2018 E-Note “Terrorists, America is Still Listening: Section 702 is Alive and Well,” gives a masterclass in the tortured history of the Congressional effort to beat the clock to renew what he ...

Read More

Terrorists, America is Still Listening: Section 702 is Alive and Well

January 22, 2018 · George W. Croner

Although falling well short of a civics paradigm of legislative deliberation, with Senate passage of S. 139, the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) cleared the Congress and was sent to President Trump. On ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

“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 ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More