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.  

Prior to 2005, E-Notes were known as FPRI Wires.  For a list of all available FPRI Wires, please click here.

North Korea: Is There a Pathway to a Deal?

International relations along the Korean peninsula, the most dangerous place militarily on earth, appear to be moving forward in dramatic fashion. This past March, Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited President Trump to engage in direct talks, now tentatively slated...

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Moscow Rules: The Skripal Affair

This essay dissects the recent attempt to kill a former senior Russian intelligence officer and MI6 double agent, Sergei Skripal, who was contentedly living a quiet retirement in the English countryside. It is a tale worthy of any potboiler....

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Talking like a Nuclear State: Kim Jong-un is going into Summit Season with Strength

Last week, on April 21, the North Korean leadership showed just how savvy it really is at propaganda. In one single statement by the Worker’s Party Central Committee—cabled out instantly through news media all over the globe—it managed to...

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GOP Foreign Policy Opinion in the Trump Era

The Trump presidency has produced a continual stream of sweeping, yet misinformed, analysis regarding the internal state of the Republican Party. Amongst journalistic, academic, and political commentators today, the condition of opinion within the GOP regarding foreign policy issues...

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Defeating the ISIS Nostalgia Narrative

As ISIS lost a significant portion of its territory over the past year, the international community has heralded the collapse of the caliphate. It is now clear that the celebration was premature. Rather than signal a death knell, ISIS’...

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A Rational Syria Strategy

Some decades ago already the phrase “CNN effect” was coined, referring to a concern that the emotional power of pictures might generate such popular sentiment as to overwhelm the calm and careful deliberations of governments during crisis decision points...

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A Tale Told Thrice: In North Kosovo, “Pure Provocation” or “Brutal Lynching”?

In late March, Kosovo internal security forces detained and then expelled a senior Serbian government official, Marko Đurić, who traveled to a North Kosovo ethnic Serb district known as North Mitrovica. While Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić was adamant that...

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Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move: A Busted Flush?

In 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm II rode into Jerusalem on a white horse, flamboyantly manifesting his resolve to transform Germany into a world power. In 1977, Anwar Sadat, the first Egyptian president to visit Israel, flew to Jerusalem as an...

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The Record of FPRI Scholars on Threats to the Electric Grid

On March 15, the New York Times reported that Russia had hacked power plants in the United States. The newspaper also reported that Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said that while the security...

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The Trump Administration Kicks (Another) Beehive: Why Is the United States Pushing a “Kosovo Army”?

United States Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell averred recently that ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo—formerly an autonomous Serbian province, it unilaterally declared independence in February 2008—“has the right” to transform its internal security force into a professional army. It followed...

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