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Now Available - IA Forum Fall 2016 Issue: Corruption and Human Trafficking

The Fall 2016 issue of International Affairs Forum is now available. This focuses on Corruption and Human Trafficking, with interviews and essays from contributors from around the world, spanning academia to practitioners to winners of our Student Writing Competition.  

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The Muslim Brotherhood and Their Relationship with Iran

A historical examination of the Muslim Brotherhood's relationship with Iran. By Mohammed Salama.  (01/16/2015)

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Lessons from Incipient Civic Movements in the Broader Middle East

Authors introduce analytical framework of 'incipient societies' to shed light on the so-called “Arab Spring”. It provides recommendations and suggestions, as well as areas of future consideration. By Nicholas A. Heras and Christos Kyrou Ph.D.
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Rehabilitating Vulnerable, Weak and Failing Economies

Examination of revitalizing problematic economies in MENA countries By Nathir Haimoun. (07/26/2017)

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Excerpt from Spring 2017 issue of IA Forum: Interview with Dr. Peter W. Singer

In this excerpt from the Spring 2017 issue of International Affairs Forum, Dr. Peter W. Singer (New America Foundation) discusses cyber security issues including the Russian hack during the U.S. elections and cyber policy. (06/05/2017)  See more about the issue here.

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Spring 2017 IA Forum - Populism in the Digital Age and Cyber Security

The Spring 2017 issue of International Affairs Forum is now available. This issue focuses on two topics: Populism in the Digital Age and Cyber Security, with interviews and essays from contributors from around the world, spanning academia, practitioners and winners of our Student Writing Competition.  

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Hamas Still Hamas

An analysis of the state of Hamas, through interpreting the Document of General Principles and Policies issued by Hamas in 2017. By Prof. Mohammed Al-Azdee. (05/23/2017)

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IA Forum Interview: Nadia AlZeabot, Kuwait Oil Company

Nadia AlZeabot (Kuwait Oil Company), session leader at this month's Association for Strategic Planning Annual Conference, discusses managing change through ‘Center of Excellence’ implementation for the Upstream Oil Sector in Kuwait. (04/18/2017)

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What Factors Have Perpetuated Instability in Yemen?

Parper examines destabilizing factors plaguing Yemen. By Austin Rock. (01/24/2017) 

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Far Greater Game in Syria: wide range of actors and perennial clash of interests

The conflict in Syria can be coined the 'Far Greater Game.' What does it mean for the involved parties?  By Otabek Akromov. (07/23/2017)

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End of nuclear monopoly, Israeli dreams for regional hegemony?

Would the rise of a nuclear Iran restore regional balance and hinder Israel’s hegemonic moves? By Arslan Ayan. (11/30/2016)

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Interview with Dr. Luke S. Bearup: Human Trafficking

In this interview, Dr. Luke S. Bearup discusses human trafficking reintegration and justice as it relates to human trafficking. (11/28/2016)

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Organ Trafficking During Times of War and Political Conflict

In this special excerpt from the latest issue of International Affairs Forum, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, provides an in-depth look at organ trafficking issues. (11/17/2016)

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The Female Burden and the International Political Economy of Sex Trafficking

In this runner-up essay in the International Affairs Forum Student Writing Content, an analysis of sex trafficking and the North-South political economic gap. By Layla Abi-Falah.

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Corruption – Security: Forging U.S. Strategy

In this special excerpt from the latest issue of International Affairs Forum, co-founder of Transparency International, Frank Vogl, discusses US policy to address the nexus of security and corruption issues. (11/02/2016)

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A Safe Haven or Route for New Conflict

Analyis of Safe Haven, an explicit favoring of one religion/ ethnic group against another in the face of atrocities committed by ISIS. By Mustafa Akhwand. (09/30/2016)

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MENA Region: Colonial Dependence versus Regional Interdependence

MENA colonial historial must be understood to gain a proper understanding of its current circumstances. By Dr. Bendebka Ramzi. (09/05/2016)

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Iran, Saudi Arabia and Mideast Peace

An examination of Iranian-Saudi relations and what they mean for the Middle East peace process. By Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman . (08/28/2016)

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Examination of Saudi-Iranian relations and their potential impact on the Middle East. By Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman. (08/28/2016)

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The Right to Know: Media Coverage, Election, and Informed Voting in Democracies

Short paper asks, What should the media cover to help people know better about candidates and make informed voting decisions during electoral campaigns?  By Dr. Mohammed Al-Azdee. (07/07/2016)

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Terror Incidents and the Syrian Dilemma in International Affairs

A proposal for a random-based federalized solution to the problem. By Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp. (07/01/2016)

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Displacement and Statelessness

This essay from the latest issue of International Affairs Forum, explores the rarely recognized relationship between displacement and statelessness. By Professor Elizabeth Ferris. (06/28/2016)

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Non equilibrium Thermodynamics and Reinventing Saudi Arabia

Thermodynamics, energy, and reforming Saudi Arabia. By Jack Pearce. (05/31/2016)

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Divided by Common Alignment: Jordan and GCC States in the Arab Winter Divided by Common Alignment

Isolating the Gulf region from normal international relations isn't the answer. By Dr. Jack Kalpakian. (04/27/2016)

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Privacy I(n)t Context

Privacy has long been protected, but will face a new dimension of protection for the generations to come. By Dr. Jasna Cošabic. (04/26/2016)

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IA Forum Interview: Prof. James B. Hathaway discusses migration and international law

In this excerpt from the latest issue of International Affairs Forum, Professor James B. Hathaway discusses the current migrant crisis and international law. Interview by Katherine Lugo. (03/22/2016) 

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Migration and Statelessness: New Issue of International Affairs Forum Now Available

The new issue of International Affairs Forum is now available. It focuses on Migration and Statelessness, with interviews and essays from a myriad of contributors from around the world, spanning academia to practitioners.  

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The Likely War Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Analysis of dynamics between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and a call to rebuild a status quo in the Middle East, with the help of the Russian Federation and the United States. By Professor Giancarlo Elia Valori. (01/22/2016)

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IA Forum Interview: Prof. Dawn Chatty - Migration and the Middle East

In an exerpt from the latest issue of International Affairs Forum,, Professor Dawn Chatty discusses the migration in the Middle 

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The Peculiarities of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

Analysis of the Iranian nuclear arms deal. By Dr. Sohail Mahmood. (12/24/2015)

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Middle East: Inching Towards a Sectarian Political Order?

Essay examines sectarianism in the Middle East.  By Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman. (12/08/2015)

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The Shooting Down of the Russian Plane

What are the ramifications of the shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkey? By Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori. (12/04/2015)

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The Turkey Issue

An examination of Turkey, after the elections.  By Professor Giancarlo Elia Valori. (11/12/2015)

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100 Prisoners Were Pardoned in Egypt. Who Are They?

Who were among the 100 prisoners recently pardoned and released by Egypt, and why did it happen?  (10/02/2015, Gistory)

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Over 700 Die in Stampede During Pilgrimage

Q&A about recent stampede during a pilgramage in Mecca.  (09/30/2015, Gistory)

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For Members Only – Caspian Basin

What impacts are there from a major decision made at the IV Caspian Summit? By Megan Munoz. (www.moderndiplomacy.eu, 09/01/2015)

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Interview: Said Yousif AlMuhafdah, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights,

Said Yousif AlMuhafdah (Bahrain Centre for Human Rights) discusses capital punishment issues in Bahrain,(08/20/2015)

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The Turkey and US 'Safe Zone' Plan: 3 Questions with Yezid Sayigh, Carnegie Middle East Center

Yezid Sayigh of the Carnegie Middle East Center discusses the recent Turkish-U.S. plan to create a 'safe zone' in Syria. (08/18/2015)

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P5+1, Iran-US Cooperation, and the Future of Iraq

Paper explores P5+1 implications. By Jill Ricotta. (07/28/2015)

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How Did the Advent of Nuclear Weapons Change Security Thinking and Strategy?

Paper analyzes security and strategic thinking since the advent of nuclear weapons. By Torgeir Pande Braathen. (07/21/2015)

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Refugees’ Right to Work: Economic Justification for Ideal Refugee Rights

Essay asks, what are the economic impacts of refugee absorption? By M. Anela Malik. (07/02/2015)

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Universal Abolition of Capital Punishment is Drawing Nearer

Analysis of trends pointing to universal abolishment of the death penalty. By Prof. William A. Schabas. (07/02/2015)

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Outsourcing Jihadists and Putin’s Foreign Policy

Essay analyzes Russian terrorism policy in the Middle East and Caucasus. By Prof. Dmitry V. Shlapentokh. (07/01/2015)

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Summer 2015 Issue of International Affairs Forum Now Available

The latest issue of International Affairs Forum is now available online.

This issue focuses on Capital Punishment Around the World.

Contributors include Prof. Roger Hood, Prof. Carolyn Hoyle, Prof, William A. Schabas, Dr. Michelle Miao, Said Yousif AlMuhafdah (Bahrain), David Augusto Dávila Navarro (Guatemala), Lijia Zhang (China), Benson Chinedu Olugbuo (Nigeria), an

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Progress Made for Worldwide Abolishment of Death Penalty

Data and analysis from the Fifth Edition of The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective show that an increasing number of countries are abolishing the death penalty.  By Professors Roger Hood and Carolyn Hoyle.  (06/30/2015)

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Technology as a Means to Improving Access to Education

Online education is an important avenue for citizens in emerging countries to help development.  By Polina Bayramova.  (05/14/2015)

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IA Forum Interview: Sirin Koprucu discusses global business strategy

IA Forum interview with global business strategy expert, Sirin Koprucu, who will be leading a session at the upcoming Association for Strategic Planning Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., May 6-8.  (04/21/2015)

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GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook - 03/16/2015

In this week’s GRI Risk Outlook: Nuclear talks with Iran,  possible increases in interest rates, Israeli PM Netanyahu faces reelection hiccups, and more. (Global Risk Outlook, 03/16/2015)

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Interview with Mark Towery, Geo Strategy Partners

Mark Towery, Managing Director of Geo Strategy Partners, discusses how organizations should embrace strategic planning to compete in today's dynamic, hypercompetitive market.  (03/04/2015)

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World Bank - East Asia Urban Data Competition

The World Bank invites researchers, academics, designers, students, and practitioners from around the world to explore and use the World Bank’s recently released dataset on urban spatial expansion in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region. See details inside.

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GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook - 01/26/2015

In this GRI Weekly Risk Outlook: ASEAN pushes for ‘code of conduct’ in South China Sea dispute, the Fed to maintain its current monetary policy stance, and the African Union and others attempt to broker an agreement in South Sudan. (Global Risk Insights, 01/28/2015). 

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Middle East Defense Spending Fuels Security Dilemma

MENA defense spending is expected reach $920 billion despite low oil prices. Is longer-term trend of spending risks instigating an unsettling arms race? By Madeleine Moreau. (Global Risk Insights, 01/21/2015)

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China-Egypt Partnership Fraught With Political Risk

Egypt is aggressively courting China to attract more investment and stabilise the already fragile economy. But Beijing must proceed with caution. (Global Risk Insights, 12/20/2014)

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IA Forum Interview: Scott Hickie discusses health corruption

IA Forum interview with Scott Hickie (Senior Analyst, Open Brieifing) who diiscusses corruption in the health sector.  Interview by Madison J. Myers.  (12/19/2014)

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Jordan-Israel Energy Deal Faces Public Opposition

With a struggling economy, Jordan must strike a careful balance between controversial energy deals and meaningful public appeasement. (Global Risk Insights, 12/18/2014)

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Economic Transition Report on Azerbaijan:An Issue of Governance

Paper that studies issues facing Azerbaijan's economic transition. By Grace Mausser. (12/15/2014)

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Expect increase in US activity in Middle East

In efforts to build President Obama's legacy and help the Democarts, increased U.S involvement in the Middle East is expected. By Chris Solomon. (Global Risk Insights,11/19/2014)

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Three likely outcomes of the Iran nuclear talks

 What are the likely outcomes for the Nov. 24th deadline for a final agreement about Iran's nuclear program? By Jofi Joseph.  (11/13/2014)

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Islamic State takes advantage of cash economies in Iraq and Syria

How has ISIS leveraged cash economies in Iraq and Syria?  How can be done?  By Rami Ayyub.  (Global Risk Insights, 10/17/2014)

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Chaos in Iraq: Are the Kurds Truly Set to Win?

Artcle discusses scenarios and ramiffications for possible Kurdish independence. By Winston Harris. (Small Arms Journal, 08/28/2014)

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Other Side of the Coin

Definding Israel's actions in Gaza.  By Kashi N Pandita

 

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Cyber-Terrorism: Fact or Fiction?

Author argues cyber-terrorism remains more a product of fear mongering than concrete reality –– at least for the moment. By Sebastian J. Bae. (07/22/2014)

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Piracy: Can the War on the Seas Ever Be Won?

The current state solution models, focusing on military deterrence, have proven questionably effective in combating piracy, merely displacing it more than solving it.  By Sgt. Sebastian J. Bae.  (06/27/2014)

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IA Forum Student Writing Award Winners Announced

Winners of the Spring 2014 International Affairs Student Award Competition announced!

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What Iran Wins by Fighting in Syria

Is Islamic Republic of Iran the greatest loser in the Syria conflict...or not?   By Mohammed Nuruzzaman (04/29/2014)

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IA Forum Interview: Carlotta Gall, NY Times

IA-Forum interviews NYT’s reporter, Carlotta Gall, on her new book, The Wrong Enemy, and her thirteen years of reporting on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Africa. By Cynthia Iris (04/14/02014)

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What You Measure is What You’ll Get

A look at economic metrics and understanding how to use them in analysis of countries. By Anuradha Kataria. (04/07/2014)

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Gulf Arab Monarchs and the Unfinished Arab Spring

Analysis of Saudi and Qatari actions related to the Arab Spring and recent developments stemming from it.  By: Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman.  (03/26/2014)

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Interview with Winston Harris: The Syrian Kurds Situation

Analyst Winston Harris provides insight about the Syrian Kurds, their current situation, and prospects for the future. (03/04/2014)

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Why the Syrian Conflict Defies Political Solutions

The Syrian War presents a myriad of actors and intererest, making a peaceful solution difficult.  By Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman.  (03/04/2014)

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The Foreign & Local Factions in the Syrian Conflict

Analysis of the factions involved in the Syrian Civil War.  By Mohammed Salama. (03/08/2014)

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New Issue of International Affairs Forum: Interview with Metodi Zajkov (Transparency International –

In this look inside the latest issue of International Affairs Forum (Taylor&Francis), an interview with Metodi Zajkov, Transparency International – Macedonia. (International Affairs Forum)

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Climate Change and Reinsurance: The Human Security Issue

Paper analyzes the effects of climate change on reiinsurance and human security issues. By Prof. Anis Bajrektarevic & Carla Baumer. (02/10/2014)

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Interview: Stephen D. Krasner, Stanford University

Interview with Stephen D. Krasner who discusses International Regimes and UN Security Council Reforms. By Patricia Galves Derolle.

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Iranian Nuclear Deal: Implications

What are the implications of the Iranian nuclear deal not only within the Middle East but internationally. By Dr. Kashi N. Pandita (01/16/2014)

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New Issue of International Affairs Forum: Professor Robert M. Stern, Goldman School, UC-Berkeley

A look inside the latest issue of International Affairs Forum (Taylor&Francis), an interview with Professor Emeritus Robert M. Stern. (International Affairs Forum, 01/2014)

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Now Available: International Affairs Forum - Winter Edition

Our latest edition of International Affairs Forum (Taylor and Francis) is now available. This issue focuses on the BRICS countries and the impact of social media on governance.

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Morocco and Algeria, Restarting The Union of the Arab Maghreb through Renewable Energy.

How Morocco and Algeria can leverage shared interest about renewable energy to inspire the Union's progess. By Nabil El Aid El Othmani. (12/31/2013)

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Al-Qaeda: The Beginning

Historical overview of Al Qaeda's begginings. By Mohammed Salama. (12/23/2013)
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Cold War Tactics in the Syrian Crisis

Have US/Russia Cold War tactics returnsd? Essay argues that Russia has had two Cold War pressing tactics against the US during the Syrian crisis: Nuclear Power, and Replacing America. By Prof. Mohammed Al-Azdee. (12/20/2013)

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Discussion Brief: Sustainable Agricultural Productivity Target

Brief discusses Links to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) / Post-2015 Development Framework and Role of Committee on World Food Security (CFS) & Its Stakeholders. By Mumukshu Patel. (10/01/2013)

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Interview: Dr. James Andrew Lewis

Dr. James Andrew Lewis (CSIS) discusses cybersecurity and the internet, including related issues on China, North Korea and Iran. By Cynthia Iris. (02/05/2013)
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Rise of Political Islam in Turkey and its Effects on Turkish-Syrian Relations

Paper explores the rise of political Islam in the last two decades in Turkey and its effects on Turkish Syrian relations. By Saffet Akkaya. (11/27/2012)
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U.S. Policy on Syria from the Perspective of Refugee Security and Regional Stability

What does the Syrian confict mean for its refugees and regional stability? By Dr. Christos Kyrou. (09/20/2012)
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Bombing Iran's Nuclear Enrichment Facilities

A skeptical look at intervention scenarios to thwart the Iranian nuclear program. By Marvin Baker Schaffer (07/30/2012)
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American Foreign Policy Recommendations Concerning Islamic States

Author critiques US foreign policy regarding Islamic states and offers recommendations for improving relations. By Timothy Aderman. (07/16/2012)

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Is the Implementation of the Greater Middle East Project Temporarily Frozen?

Has the Greater Middle East Project become unmanageble? Is there hope to save it? Author discusses in this paper. By Evgenia Tairyan. (05/10/2012)
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IA Forum Interview: Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer

IA Forum speaks with Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimber (American Univ.) about U.S. policy response to the Arab Spring and a look ahead at post-Arab Spring relations. (02/17/2012)
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IA Forum Interview: Patrick Corcoran

IA Forum discusses the Arab Spring and perceptions about democracy with Patrick Corcoran (Catholic University). By Caitlin Occipinti. (08/18/2011)
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Academia Informing U.S. Foreign Relations

Report on roundtable discussion at Catholic University exploring historical and contemporary U.S. foreign policy making for the Middle East By Patrick Corcoran. (05/25/2011)
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IA-Forum Interview: Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond

IA Forum speaks with Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond (Founder of Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University) about refugee migration. (IA-Forum, 11/29/2010)
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The Forum Fall 2010 Issue: Migration

Fall Issue of The Forum, featuring experts from around the world discussing economic, regional, and general issues surrounding Migration. (11/09/2010)
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Hezbollah: Analysis of Violence

An analysis of Hezbollah and their use of violence to achieve their goals. By Sarah Cohler. (02/25/2011)
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Iranian Elections Series IA Forum Interview: Dr. Hossein Askari

IA Forum speaks with Dr. Houssein Askari as part of a series on Iranian elections. By Benjamin Linden. (04/25/2010)
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Iranian Elections Series IA Forum Interview: Dr. Clay Ramsay

As part of our series on the Iranian elections, IA Forum speaks with Dr. Clay Ramsay (PIPA). By Benjamin Linden. (IA-Forum, 04/25/2010)
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Iranian Elections Series IA-Forum Interview: Dr. Judith Yaphe

As part of our series on the Iranian elections, IA-Forum speaks with Dr. Judith Yaphe (George Washington University). By Benjamin Linden. (IA-Forum, 04/25/2010)
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IA-Forum Interview: Cleo Paskal

IA-Forum speaks with Cleo Paskal about her book Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map . , and security issues related to climate change. (03/31/2010)
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Ballistic Missile Defense in Europe: Furthering U.S. Security, or Angering Allies?

Analysis of US intentions to shelve ballistic missile defense including reaction from, and implications for, Europe and Russian Federation. By Elizabeth Zolotukhina. (03/28/2010)
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IA-Forum Interview: Brent Sterling

IA Forum speaks with Brent Sterling about book Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?: What History Teaches Us about Strategic Barriers and International Security , and strategic defense initiatives. (04/08/2010)
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Iran and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Counter- Hegemony as Common Purpose

Authors examine Iranian membership in the Shanghai Cooperative Organization and potential effect on security. By Dr. Ali G. Dizboni, Dr. Amir M. Haji-Yousefi, and Greg Mcpherson. (12/19/2009)
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