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On ‘China’s rising influence in Djibouti [which] is causing a souring in the African nation’s relations with the West’

On ‘China’s rising influence in Djibouti [which] is causing a souring in the African nation’s relations with the West’

The following is a response by the government of Djibouti to the Oct. 17, 2014 post “China’s war for Africa’s hearts and minds”

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Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

To say the least, the government of Turkey has long had a contentious relationship with the country’s Kurdish population.

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Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Syrian Kurdish Leader Sherkoh Abbas calls on the U.S. to stop supporting the PYD and the Islamists in Syria. He rejects the replacement of one dictator for another and emphasized that the U.S. needs to stand behind those that support democracy and human rights within the country.

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Joseph Nye on the Future of American Power

Joseph Nye on the Future of American Power

Decades after he coined the term “soft power,” Joseph Nye remains one of the major intellectual forces of political thought.

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NATO, Allies and Freedom’s Defense

NATO, Allies and Freedom’s Defense

In a recent column in the Wall Street Journal, outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen noted that Russia and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria challenge the institutions, indeed the very values, of liberal nations.

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China and Southeast Asia 2035: A Wikistrat Simulation

China and Southeast Asia 2035: A Wikistrat Simulation

As the largest trading partner of all Southeast Asian countries, China has long exerted enormous influence over the economic and political agendas of governments throughout the region.

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Ebola’s Biggest Threat? Fear Mongering

Ebola’s Biggest Threat? Fear Mongering

It is an important job of the media to use their best judgement when reporting on every false alarm, sniffle or sneeze that is heard across the globe. The real danger of Ebola is in the panic it can cause, both in West Africa and elsewhere.

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Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

As a U.S. ally and member of NATO, Turkey has a large, well-trained, and well-funded military with more than a half-million personnel in uniform. It is also the only NATO nation that shares a border with both Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State continues to take and hold significant territory.

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FPA’s Must Reads (October 17-October 23)

FPA’s Must Reads (October 17-October 23)

Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.

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Investments Taking Precedence Over Rights

Investments Taking Precedence Over Rights

A silent controversy is taking place in my community in Canada as the leaders of some of the Provinces in Canada plan to set off on a trade mission to China.

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China’s war for Africa’s hearts and minds

China’s war for Africa’s hearts and minds

China has made a badge of honor out of Zheng Bijian’s term coined in a seminal 2005 Foreign Affairs article, which described the Middle Kingdom’s path toward modernization as a “peaceful rise.”

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Tunnel Vision: How the Egyptian Army “Won” the War over Gaza

Tunnel Vision: How the Egyptian Army “Won” the War over Gaza

The Egyptians may not be receiving fulsome applause at the U.N. this week for their diplomacy to date, but quietly, Israeli, Gulf, and American leaders are clapping, in large part due to Cairo’s reaffirmation of a hardline stance against Hamas this past summer.

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The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The threat the Islamic State (IS) poses to Western nations is very real — witness in recent weeks the thwarting of a public beheading in Sydney, the raids on terrorist cells in Melbourne, raids in The Hague and Brussels, possible threats to subways in Paris and New York, and the recent averting of a terrorist plot in London.

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Candid Discussions: Mohsen Milani on Iran and the Middle East Crisis

Candid Discussions: Mohsen Milani on Iran and the Middle East Crisis

Mohsen Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida, where he is a professor of international relations.

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