Special Reports

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The Foreign Fighters Problem, Recent Trends and Case Studies: Selected Essays

Introduction On the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines have confronted third-party national combatants. Known ...

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Toward a U.S.-Mexico Security Strategy: The Geopolitics of Northern Mexico and the Implications for U.S. Policy

Introduction Since Mexican President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006, Mexico’s drug war has taken over 30,000 lives, destabilized ...

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The Constitutional History of U.S. Foreign Policy: 222 Years of Tension in the Twilight Zone

In the Beginning: The Indispensable Man               Four months and two days after his ...

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Foreign Fighters, Sovereignty, and Counter-Terrorism: Selected Essays

Introduction FPRI’s Program on National Security held a conference on the foreign fighter problem, July 14-15, 2009, at the National ...

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The Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s U.S. Cell [1988–95]: the Ideological Foundations of Its Propaganda Strategy

Introduction Arab nationalism, territorial nationalism, and Arab socialism, among other ideologies, all heralded the restoration of the Middle East in ...

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The Hu-Obama Summit and U.S.-China Relations

Introduction In November 2009, United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao held their first summit meeting in ...

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The Sunni Divide: Understanding Politics and Terrorism in the Arab Middle East

Introduction Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a bloody conflict broke out between Iraq’s Sunnis and Shias. This ...

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Abraham Lincoln: Leadership and Democratic Statesmanship in Wartime

Introduction In his recent study of Abraham Lincoln’s wartime leadership, Tried by War, the eminent historian James McPherson writes that ...

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What are We Fighting For? Western Civilization, American Identity, and U.S. Foreign Policy

This January 2009 e-book by James Kurth, FPRI Senior Fellow and Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, ...

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Latin America’s Terrorist and Insurgent Groups: History and Status