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Obama’s Interesting Fourth Quarter

Published on December 22nd, 2014 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar “My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter, and I’m looking forward to it.” — Barack Obama, December 19, 2014 One should be careful about drawing ... Read More



Will Putin Lash Out?

Published on December 19th, 2014 | by Mark N. Katz

by Mark N. Katz What a difference a few months make. During much of 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin was riding high. Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine quickly and relatively bloodlessly. Putin was also able to ... Read More



State Department Delays Release of Iran History

Published on December 18th, 2014 | by Guest

by Steven Aftergood The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing ... Read More



After 53 Years, Obama To Normalize Ties with Cuba

Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe In perhaps his boldest foreign policy move during his presidency, Barack Obama Wednesday announced that he intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba. While the president noted that he lacked the authority ... Read More



Why Does ISIS Hate Shi’a?

Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Guest

by Graham E. Fuller ISIS has particularly targeted Shi’a as a key part of their brutal onslaught against any practice of Islam that does not conform to their narrow ahistorical interpretation view of their religion. We ... Read More



It’s Egypt That Needs Higher Oil Prices

Published on December 16th, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman The country that could ultimately suffer the most damage from a sustained depression in the world price of oil could be one that is not a major producer: Egypt. Unable to sustain ... Read More

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