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November 4, 2016

Human Rights
The Parallel Thinking of Two Great Men on Nationalism

In 1935, the great Jewish leader, Zionist, and nationalist Vladimir Jabotinsky wrote in a letter to David Ben Gurion about the paramount need to establish a Jewish state:   I can vouch for ther…

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March 22, 2012

China
China’s Twitter War

Over the last week, supporters of Tibet, and the merely curious, have seen information warfare up close. On Twitter, several hundred bots (automated programs that generate content) flooded discussion…

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November 4, 2011

Friday File: Remembering the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Letter from President Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the release of American hostages, dated November 6, 1979. (Courtesy the National Archives) Above the Fold. Thirty-two year…

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979 (ARC Identifier: 593939); File Unit: Iran: 11/1-14/79; JC-NSA: Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration), 1977 - 1981; Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA; National Archives and Records Administration.

July 28, 2011

United Kingdom
Britain’s Scandal, Private Media and Public Interest

Britain’s phone-hacking scandal is raising questions about the power and reach of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. For Columbia University’s Nicholas Lemann, the episode proves the value of expanding p…

December 17, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: The New START End Game

Above the Fold. It’s fish or cut bait time on the New START Treaty.  All signs point to a vote by next Wednesday.  Based on the strong vote this week to start the debate, supporters are optimistic…

Friday File: The New START End Game

November 12, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama in Asia

Above the Fold: The big news of the week has been President Obama’s Asia trip.  The coverage at home has generally been positive.  Walter Russell Mead reviews the India leg of the trip and applauds…

Friday File: Obama in Asia

June 8, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
In Support of Arab Democracy

A Council-sponsored Task Force says that the United States should support the evolutionary development of democracy consistently throughout the Middle East. It points out that a strategy to promote d…