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The Shift In Saudi Foreign Policy

by David Schenkervia The Caravan
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The tight-lipped family oligarchy in Saudi Arabia headed by a geriatric and purportedly infirm monarch has no penchant for transparency. Despite the opacity, the transition from King Abdullah to King Salman has been accompanied by a perceptible shift in Saudi foreign policy.

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Strategika Issue 29: Does ISIS Really Differ From Other Terrorist Groups; If So, How Does Its Singularity Complicate U.S. Efforts To Defeat It?

via Strategika
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The latest issue of Strategika is online.


Ambassador Nicholas Burns On The BBC World News

interview with Nicholas Burnsvia BBC World News
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Nicholas Burns discusses the international response to the crisis in Syria, and what the US can do to help the refugees and stop the suffering.

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The Shifting Saudi Strategy

by Hoover Institutionvia The Caravan
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

America has been in Arabia for well over six decades, yet the American access to the inner workings of the Saudi world has been limited at best.  There is an opaqueness to the Saudi realm, and that ambivalence has run through its tangled relationship with its American protector.

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Saudi Strategy And Ours

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Saudi strategy is a response to its single largest challenge, the rise of Iranian power. As Iran gains greater access to resources and international influence, Riyadh fears that Tehran will project its power throughout the region in order to further its anti-Saudi program.


Kori Schake: Why Is The United States More Afraid Of The Islamic State Than Russia?

interview with Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, February 8, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses the threat of Russia’s growing influence and whether Western powers — namely, the Obama administration — are doing enough to quash potential problems ahead, opting instead to focus on threats like the Islamic State.

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The Predictable Failure Of The Syrian Peace Talks

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 8, 2016

The failure, ahem, suspension this week of United Nations sponsored talks in Geneva aimed at stopping the carnage in Syria was all too predictable. The talks were initially delayed by the inability of Syrian opposition groups to agree on who should get a seat at the table. Then after just five days of negotiations, the negotiators realized what should have been apparent from the start—an end to the Syrian civil war is highly unlikely absent conditions on the battlefield conducive to a negotiated settlement. What are those conditions?

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Reverse Swing: Racist Bangalore, Racist India

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Indian Express
Sunday, February 7, 2016

Indians need to take drastic action to end racism against black Africans. We can’t be behaving like animals toward foreigners in our country.

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The Diplomatic Case For America To Create A Safe Zone In Syria

by Nicholas Burns, James Jeffreyvia The Washington Post
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Of the critical global challenges faced by the Obama administration in its final year, Syria may be the most confounding. The brutal Syrian civil war has reached a crisis point, with more than 250,000 dead and 12 million Syrians homeless. The cancer of this war has metastasized into neighboring countries and the heart of Europe. It could destabilize the Middle East for a generation.

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How To (Not) End Wars

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Hill
Thursday, February 4, 2016

The war in Iraq is "over." The combat mission in Afghanistan has been brought to a "responsible conclusion." Why, then, are American soldiers still in these theaters in harm's way and taking casualties?