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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Collision Course: Navigating a Path for FISA between State Secrets and Individual Privacy, Part II

As noted at the conclusion of part 1 of this article, the federal district judge in the Jewel case expressed frustration that his acceptance of the government’s invocation of the state secrets privilege, which produced a ruling against the...

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Collision Course: Navigating a Path for FISA between State Secrets and Individual Privacy, Part I

Last January, Congress passed the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 extending the electronic surveillance authority conferred by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) until December 31, 2023. It seemed, at the time, to close...

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Yulia Tymoshenko: Ukraine’s Candidate of Uncertainty

As Ukraine’s March 2019 presidential election nears, the Kremlin has not masked its interest in the outcome. Indeed, in November, nearly five years after Kyiv sanctioned Russia for the annexation of Crimea, Moscow finally decided to respond with retaliatory...

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Middle East Missile Race: The Missile Defense Review, Iran, and the Implications for the Gulf

After months of delay, the U.S. Department of Defense released the Missile Defense Review (MDR) in January 2019. The document will guide American missile defense initiatives and programs during the coming decade. As the MDR makes clear, missile defense...

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Selective Engagement: A Bipartisan U.S. Foreign Policy Approach?

At the start of 2019, are we seeing the first green shoots of what might emerge as the mid-21st century iteration of a U.S. bipartisan foreign policy consensus? From Nikki Haley’s conceptualization and defense of her interpretation of Donald...

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Trump vs. Trotsky: The Many Consequences of a U.S. Withdrawal From Syria

Once again, in 280 characters or less, Donald Trump upended U.S. policy that many thought was settled. Trump’s series of tweets last month announcing the defeat of ISIS and the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria stunned his own...

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Iran’s Space Launch: ICBM or Space Program Development?

On January 3, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Iran was preparing to launch multiple Space Launch Vehicles (SLV), which he claimed had “virtually (the) same technology as ICBMs,” before issuing a threat, “We won’t stand by while...

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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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