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A Small Step Forward for Afghanistan

A Small Step Forward for Afghanistan

As the summer of blood and gore in the Middle East continues to demand American foreign policy attention, a looming catastrophe in Afghanistan has developed outside of the headlines, but now threatens to undermine everything the United States has attempted to achieve there.

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Israel and Iran: Drone On

Israel and Iran: Drone On

Iran claims to have shot down an Israeli stealth drone flying above Natanz, located deep within Iran and home to one of the Islamic Republic’s key uranium enrichment sites.

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Unlikely allies combat ISIS

Unlikely allies combat ISIS

The US-backed fight against ISIS in Iraq is gathering some unlikely allies, including a guerrilla force the State Dept. has labeled a terrorist organization. But when it comes to repelling the deadly insurgence of ISIS, is the enemy of the United States’ enemy its friend?

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PA Leader Jibril Rajoub Calls to Slaughter the Jews

PA Leader Jibril Rajoub Calls to Slaughter the Jews

Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Authority Sports Authority and the Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, announced that Fatah has made a “political decision” to support slaughtering Jews who live in settlements, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

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Candid Discussions: Ali Khedery on Iraq and Syria

Candid Discussions: Ali Khedery on Iraq and Syria

Ali Khedery is chairman and chief executive of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners. From 2003 to 2009, he was the longest continuously serving American official in Iraq, acting as a special assistant to five U.S. ambassadors and as senior adviser to three heads of U.S. …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (August 16-22)

The FPA’s Must Reads (August 16-22)

Our five favorite long reads and blog posts from the past week!

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Vietnam Steps Up Efforts to Protect Fishing Fleet

Vietnam Steps Up Efforts to Protect Fishing Fleet

In a time of heightened tensions between Asian nations with claims to the waters of the East and South China Seas, the deployment of an offshore oil rig back in May by Beijing in disputed waters with Vietnam was not going to be an event without ramifications. The rig’s deployment …

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‘Getting Religion’ in Central Asia (Part 2 – National Debates)

‘Getting Religion’ in Central Asia (Part 2 – National Debates)

One of the biggest questions among analysts in 1991 was whether the five republics of Central Asia, after 70 years of Communism, would re-claim their historical faith and become a region of political Islam. Almost 25 years on, secular autocrats still rule and recognize Muslim traditions but keep faith out of governance.

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An Effective U.S. Airpower Strategy against the Islamic State

An Effective U.S. Airpower Strategy against the Islamic State

American airpower employed against IS lines of communication can be effective at halting its momentum and supporting Iraqi forces in driving it back, but only if the Obama administration couples airstrikes with a strategy to undermine the Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria.

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Mexico’s Energy Reforms

Mexico’s Energy Reforms

Eight months after constitutional amendments were introduced to reform Mexico’s oil and gas, and electricity sectors, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took a historic step and signed energy reform bills passed by the Congress of the Union into law.

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Palestinian Official Daily: “The U.S. Established ISIS”

Palestinian Official Daily: “The U.S. Established ISIS”

ISIS poses a threat to the entire Middle East region. They seek to conquer Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Lebanon, and perhaps also Turkey after they are done with Iraq and Syria. Nevertheless, the official Palestinian Authority daily accuses the U.S. of establishing ISIS, instead of blaming their growth on …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (August 9–15)

The FPA’s Must Reads (August 9–15)

Our five favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.

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The pitfalls of sanctions and financial warfare

The pitfalls of sanctions and financial warfare

Sanctions are all the rage in contemporary foreign policy circles. Following interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, Western populations rightly are less and less supportive of direct military action, especially of any initiative involving “boots on the ground.” Sanctions provide a tempting policy solution to decision makers all too conscious of public …

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Is Vietnam Spinning Out of China’s Orbit?

Is Vietnam Spinning Out of China’s Orbit?

Beijing’s formidable display of aggression this year is backfiring, as its neighbors scramble to beef up their military capabilities and forge defensive alliances both within and outside the region. One such notable alliance making the headlines this past week is between the U.S. and Vietnam. Vietnam, much like U.S. allies …

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Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Thanks to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the pro-Assad and rebel groups can finally stop pointing fingers over a country-wide Internet blackout in Syria in 2012.

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