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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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The Increased U.S. Commitment to Europe under the Trump Administration

Headlines such as “Trump calls NATO obsolete,” “Trump bashes allies,” and “Trump says Putin meeting easiest” fuel speculation that the U.S. is on the verge of abandoning its traditional allies in Europe in favor of an improved relationship with...

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ABLE ARCHER at 35: Lessons of the 1983 War Scare

In their seminal account of the Cuban Missile Crisis, political scientists Graham Allison and Phillip Zelikow summarize its effects on U.S.-Soviet relations: “Having peered over the edge of the nuclear precipice, both nations edged backwards toward détente. Never again...

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What the Khashoggi Affair Tells Us about American Journalism, Politics, and Policymaking in the Age of Trump

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 has tripped off one of the grandest cascades of news copy, electronic and print, in many recent weeks, and perhaps even many months. Why is...

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A New Year and a New Congress: The Post-Election Agenda for Foreign Intelligence Legislation

Come January 2019, there will be a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives that will simultaneously bring Democratic control to the committees (Judiciary and Intelligence) exercising principal oversight responsibility in the House over foreign intelligence legislation. With several...

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Confronting America’s Violent Extremists: A Terrorism Prevention Strategy for the Homeland

Violent extremists in the United States represent one of the most significant threats facing the homeland. This was brought into stark focus last month with a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh killing 11, the...

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What To Do About Lone Wolf Terrorism? Examining Current Trends and Prevention Strategies

Unabomber Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski waged a solitary bombing campaign for almost two decades from a backwoods cabin in Montana, developing a unique and self-styled anti-technology ideology in near complete social isolation. He also bore little resemblance to most of...

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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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