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Somalia Exporting Discord?

A new UN report details a complex and troubling exchange that allegedly provided weapons to Somalia’s Islamist power brokers in exchange for dispatching Islamist commandos to Hezbollah and opening Somali uranium mines to Iran.

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Iran Grapples with Nuclear Issue

Iran appears to be headed for another showdown with the West over its nuclear program. Meanwhile, an eighteen-year-old letter from Ayatollah Khomeini is generating debate inside Iran about the proper path for resolving the nuclear issue.

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Iran's Leader Makes the Rounds

The UN visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his multiple meetings and media appearances seem to have temporarily taken the steam out of U.S. efforts to isolate him. The start of the UN General Assembly session has been notable for the level of anti-American invective by speakers.

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Iran Maintains Its Defiance

Iran continues to flex its muscles ahead of the UN-imposed August 31 deadline to suspend its nuclear activities. With the UN secretary-general traveling to Tehran for talks, Iran has indicated it will not abide by the latest UN resolution.

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About Those Nukes, Iran …

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling on Iran to suspend its uranium-enrichment activities or face sanctions. The vote comes amid deep suspicions about Iran's role in sparking the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

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Preventing Ballistic Surprises

North Korea's recent missile tests and Iran's ongoing quest for nuclear weaponry illustrate the need for an effective strategy to prevent other rogue states from acquiring nuclear technology. A relatively new program to interdict suspect shipments on the high seas is gaining favor around the world.

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More Brinksmanship from Tehran

As the UN's nuclear agency board meets this week, it considers a new report suggesting Iran continues to defy UN wishes and has stepped up its enrichment activity even as Washington tries to work out a route to direct negotiations.

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Waiting for Iran's Response

The permanent UN Security Council members and Germany agree to a package of incentives to prod Iran into giving up its nuclear activities. Yet it remains unclear if Tehran will accept the offer.

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Tehran Wants to Talk

The latest signals from Iran indicate a desire for direct talks with the United States to resolve the nuclear crisis. But Washington is wary and continues to prefer multilateral pressure on Iran to freeze its uranium-enrichment program.

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Iran Intel 'Gives Pause'

There is a déjà vu aspect to the international talks over Iran's nuclear program. But there are also signs of hard lessons learned from the Iraq case on intelligence gathering and diplomacy.

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