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July 23, 2018

Pakistan
Pakistan’s General Election 2018: So Far, No Cause for Celebration

Ahead of national elections in Pakistan this week, allegations of pre-poll rigging, press intimidation, and the mainstreaming of militant groups are all cause for concern.

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July 9, 2018

Asia
Beyond “Mateship”: Tough Choices in Australian Foreign Policy

By James Curran In recent weeks, the Australian government has invested significant commemorative capital to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in World…

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February 5, 2018

Iran
Iran's Imperial Ambitions Challenge Middle East Borders

In May, 2017 Major General Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations branch known as the Qods Force, visited the Iraq/Syria border in the company of an Iran-…

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

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December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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June 12, 2017

Qatar
Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017.

April 2, 2017

Israel
The Trump Administration Settles In on Settlements

Israeli settlement activity has been in the news this past week because the Trump administration is steadily defining its policy. What has emerged is a good policy: sensible, flexible, and realist…

January 27, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Salafism in Northern Nigeria Beyond Boko Haram

This is a guest post by Alex Thurston. Alex is the author of  Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics, and is an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Ser…

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