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Dr. Pamela Crossley on U.S.-China relations

Dr. Pamela Crossley on U.S.-China relations

Hosted by Sarwar Kashmeri, the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions podcast series will headline issues together with the leaders whose decisions today will mold the foreign policy of tomorrow. Each podcast will tackle a different Great Decisions topic in the 2014 series, a list of which can be …

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Obama meets ASIMO, stares into uncanny valley

Obama meets ASIMO, stares into uncanny valley

On Thursday, President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia made a surprise stop at the “uncanny valley” in Japan.
Obama, an avid basketball player, picked up a new sport when he played soccer with Honda’s humanoid ASIMO at Tokyo’s Miraikan science museum. ASIMO, a four-foot, three inches tall robot who weighs in …

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U.S., Israel Denounce Palestinian Unity Deal

U.S., Israel Denounce Palestinian Unity Deal

On Wednesday, April 23, the Palestinians announced that rival political factions Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization reached a reconciliation deal and are discussing plans for a unified government.
The proposed deal would unite Hamas, the Gaza-based radical political group that both the United States and Israel call a terrorist organization, …

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Hamilton, Jefferson, and the Fate of the Export-Import Bank

Hamilton, Jefferson, and the Fate of the Export-Import Bank

Two hundred and ten years after Aaron Burr felled Alexander Hamilton with a pistol shot, modern-day Jeffersonians are taking aim at a quintessentially Hamiltonian institution, hoping to deal it a mortal blow in America’s revivified duel over the proper role of government.
The fight is over the

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Does the Shoe Still Fit? U.S.-Russia Relations

Does the Shoe Still Fit? U.S.-Russia Relations

Over the weekend, the New York Times published an article titled “In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin.”
It caught my eye because it used the catchphrase – Cold War – that politicians as policymakers, journalists as conveyers and we as an audience have grown familiar with. …

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Oil is treasure as African piracy shifts west

Oil is treasure as African piracy shifts west

The Kerala cargo vessel loaded with 60,000 tons of diesel on January 18 was an easy target for pirates lurking in the waters off West Africa.
After maritime security firms warned of a tugboat stalking the Kerala off the coast of Angola, the tanker’s communication systems were turned off …

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China’s State-Run Media Slam Hong Kong Democracy Activists for U.S. Visit

China’s State-Run Media Slam Hong Kong Democracy Activists for U.S. Visit

China’s state-run media have gone on the attack against two leading Hong Kong democracy activists for their recent visit to the United States. Martin Lee and Anson Chan visited Washington and New …

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Learning From Barbarian Underdogs

Learning From Barbarian Underdogs

“I have no forts, no houses, no country. I have no cultivated fields, no silver or gold for you to take — all you can get from me is war, nothing else. I have met your men in battle and have killed them. We are greatly pleased about this. Our …

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Extending the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Extending the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

 

A notable poll of Palestinians was published a month ago that did not receive much attention. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Policy and Survey Research Center (PSR) in Ramallah, found that a majority of Palestinians support extending the peace talks with Israel past the April 29th deadline …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (April 12 – April 18)

The FPA’s Must Reads (April 12 – April 18)

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

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As Beijing Asserts, Hanoi Reacts

As Beijing Asserts, Hanoi Reacts

This week, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung oversaw the launch of the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance force, set up to ensure the enforcement of fishing laws in the East Sea, otherwise known as the South China Sea. As established under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the force …

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Funding Security Through Radars, Drones and Missile Systems

Funding Security Through Radars, Drones and Missile Systems

The Economist released an interesting chart on global military spending this week showing the increased spending on military assets by countries that have been considered in the past to not be pro-Western or an ally of the United States or EU.
The largest spending boom was made by …

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The Pollard Chess Match

The Pollard Chess Match

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been a thorn in the sides of U.S. and Israeli administrations for 25 years. Since his conviction of sending classified information to Israel when working for the U.S. Navy, the Israeli public and politicians have repeatedly called for Pollard’s release, with their request falling on …

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Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams are expected to meet today with United States Special Envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to arrive at a formula for extending the talks past the April 29 deadline.
The meeting was delayed 24 hours, with media outlets reporting different reasons for the one-day postponement. Israeli officials would neither …

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Failure of Imagination – Rumsfeld’s interpretation of American foreign policy

Failure of Imagination – Rumsfeld’s interpretation of American foreign policy


Errol Morris’ latest documentary, the Unknown Known, about and starring Donald Rumsfeld offers a superb regard into the life of one of the most divisive American foreign policy makers. This is not only a picture about power, but also about truth, imagination, history and rational action. …

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