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China saw Modi coming but not Modi’s India

China saw Modi coming but not Modi’s India

Before Narendra Modi became the prime minister of India, some observers in China believed that he could well be “the Deng Xiaoping of India,” comparing him with the Chinese leader who led the economic reform that has transformed China to a global power from a Third World country.

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Obama’s High-Profile Visit to India Irks Beijing

Obama’s High-Profile Visit to India Irks Beijing

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to Barack Obama to attend India’s Republic Day on Monday was not only a great honor bestowed upon the U.S. president but also packed with implications for Chinese foreign policy and influence in the Asia Pacific.

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The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen

The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen

The Houthi, who prefer to call themselves Ansar Allah, or Partisans of God, hail from the Zaydi branch of Shia Islam, a sect that exists almost entirely in Yemen and make up about 35 percent of its population.

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The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential

The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential

Kazakhstan’s tragic history of nuclear catastrophe still bears heavily on the national consciousness in the midst of new talks with Toshiba.

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Brazil wants to increase taxes to address inequality. Will it work?

Brazil wants to increase taxes to address inequality. Will it work?

The U.S. is not alone in trying such a tactic; Brazil is also looking to lowering inequality by raising taxes.

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The FPA’s Must Reads (January 23 – January 29)

The FPA’s Must Reads (January 23 – January 29)

Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.

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Yazidi Iraqi Children Recount their Escape from Islamic State

Yazidi Iraqi Children Recount their Escape from Islamic State

Two Yazidi Iraqi children, ages 12 and 14, recount the horrors that they suffered from Islamic State during their time in captivity.

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Vietnam Seeks Greater Defense Ties with India

Vietnam Seeks Greater Defense Ties with India

The disputed waters of the South China Sea have been quiet recently, as a nationalistic Beijing has sought to reassure its neighbors of its peaceful intentions by toning down the rhetoric and hesitating from taking any further aggressive actions.

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Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

If the crisis worsens, Nigerian army capabilities will surely fall short without outside help.

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Azerbaijan to U.S.: What About Human Rights?

Azerbaijan to U.S.: What About Human Rights?

What is clear is that Azerbaijan, like Russia, is placing renewed emphasis tried-and-true Soviet-era techniques, including “whataboutism,” a term coined by U.S. analysts to describe the Soviet officials’ attempts to deflect Western criticism by appealing to the West’s failures.

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Netanyahu’s New Ad

Netanyahu’s New Ad

On Saturday, the Likud released an ad starring Prime Minister Netanyahu as “the kindergarten cop.” He is an adult in a room full of small children, scolding them and admonishing their behavior.

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Syria: When Justice is Locked, So is Development

Syria: When Justice is Locked, So is Development

All in all, the United States’ approach with Syria must have a backbone in order for one of the greatest humanitarian crises to cease, rebels to stop joining ISIS and for Syria to start rebuilding itself. This new diplomatic endeavor the United States is about to commit to cannot morph into the will to forgive and move past Assad’s damages.

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New Christian Divisions in Nineveh

New Christian Divisions in Nineveh

With two new armed forces opposing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi politics and security continues to get even more complicated.

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FPA’s Must Reads (January 16 – January 22)

FPA’s Must Reads (January 16 – January 22)

Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.

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Another Round of Protests hit Brazil

Another Round of Protests hit Brazil

While Brazilian authorities may feel like they dodged a bullet in quelling protester unrest during the recent World Cup, those tensions are merely stewing, waiting for the right moment to emerge.

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