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Getting Rid of Baby Doc

Author: Elliott Abrams
Commentary

The death of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier of Haiti is the subject of a reminiscence Elliott Abrams wrote for the November issue of Commentary. The Reagan administration played a key role in removing "Baby Doc," and Abrams tells the story.

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Iran's Vested Interest in Nuclear Talks

Author: Ray Takeyh
Los Angeles Times

While many seek to pressure Iran into a deal soon, they fail to recognize that Iran continues to participate because the talks act as a shield servicing Iran's interests, writes CFR's Ray Takeyh. From the very start, the Islamic Republic's main policy goal has been to achieved legitimate recognition for its expanding atomic infrastructure.

See more in Iran; Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

In Foreign Policy Debates Ahead, Look to Echoes of 2006

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking reflect on the recent U.S. 2014 Midterm Elections, which saw a strong Republican resurgence. Looking ahead, they argue that President Obama may focus more on foreign policy initiatives in his last two years in office – just as President Bush after 2006.

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Questions for Dilma 2.0

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following elections in both Brazil and the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on potential ways to kickstart bilateral collaboration between the two countries over the next couple of years.

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Now for the Reforms

Author: Valerie Wirtschafter
Huffington Post

Valerie Wirtschafter reflects on the road ahead for Brazil, following a contested campaign where change was an empty buzzword used by both candidates. With Dilma Rousseff back in office for a second term, one thing is certain: she will now have to make a visible effort to deliver on her promises for reform.

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The Era of Disorder

Author: Richard N. Haass
Project Syndicate

In Project Syndicate, Richard Haass writes: "Historical eras are difficult to recognize before they end. The Renaissance became the Renaissance only in retrospect; the same can be said for the Dark Ages that preceded it and any number of other eras. The reason is simple: It is impossible to know if some promising or troubling development stands alone or represents the start of a lasting trend."

See more in Global; Global Governance