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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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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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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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Putin-Modi Dimensional Meeting

A look at the India-Russia two-day annual meeting and its possible outcomes. By Kashi N Pandita.  (12/20/2014)

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Address Dedovshchina or Face the Consequences of a Weakened and Ineffective Military Apparatus

Policy memo evaluates and provides policy recommendations on the practice of harassing junior recruits by senior staff in the Russian military. By Lea Lavut. (08/13/2014)

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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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The Caspian 5 and Arctic 5 – Critical Similiarities

What geopolitical issues surround the Caspian and Arctic Seas? By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. (/04/22/2014)

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Dr. Yuri V. Urbanovich discusses Russia, Ukraine in IA Forum Interview

Interview with Dr. Yuri V. Urbanovich.who provides analyis of the crisis in Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia.  By Adriana Stephan. (04/16/2014)

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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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Hell on Earth: The Use of Drones in Pakistan and the Socio-Economic and Psychological Issues

Paper explores impact on the everyday life of broader populations that live through the trauma of drones.  By Mahmood Ahmad. (04/04/2014)

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The Market for War

An analysis of Private Military Contractors and risks associated with them.  By Barclay Bram Shoemaker. (03/18/2014)

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Interview with Dr. Cornelia Beyer, author of Inequality and Violence

An interview with Anna Cornelia Beyer, University of Hull. Author of Inequality and Violence: A Reappraisal or Man, the State and War (Ashgate: Forthcoming). (12/04/2013)
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IA Forum Interview: Linda Robinson

Cynthia Iris interviews Linda Robinson on her new book,One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of Warfare (2013). By Cynthia Iris (11/04/2013)

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A Conversation with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus discusses the Navy’s commitment to rene (5/31/2016)

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Looking Back to Look Ahead: The U.S.-Japan Alliance in Today’s Asia

CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith refutes the idea that th (5/27/2016)

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'The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East'

Ray Takeyh and Steven Simon discuss The Pragmatic S (5/26/2016)

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Why Donald Trump's Plan for Japan Would Be a Nightmare for Asia

Republican Party’s Presumptive Nominee for Presid (5/24/2016)

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U.S.-Japan-Relations: 2016 Opens with a Bang

Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies, analy (5/18/2016)

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Japan’s Important Sideshow to Arbitration Decision in the South China Sea

While tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea (5/16/2016)

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U.S. Cold War Focus on Stability in the Middle East Provides Lessons for Today, Say Ray Takeyh and S

“The underreported story of the Cold War is that (5/13/2016)

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Privacy and Security in the Digital Age

Experts discuss the trade off between privacy and secur (5/11/2016)

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The New Geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan Keynote Session

Experts discuss U.S. relations with India, China, and P (5/4/2016)

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Integrating the Region and Bridging Differences

Experts assess regional opportunities to realize econom (5/4/2016)

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The Syrian Kurds: A House Divided

Featured in Marine Corps University Journal. By Winston H (12/18/2013)
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The Korean Peninsula: Flirting with Conflict

All sides need to issue more reassuring statements, exerci (3/1/2013)
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East Asia’s Turning Point

Political transitions in East Asia promise to mark a defin (9/1/2012)
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Rethinking the ‘Long War’ in Afghanistan

Optimistic view about progress in Afghanistan. By Nathanie (12/1/2010)
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What Are Iran's Intentions?

There is little credible discussion of just what constitut (9/1/2010)
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EDITORIALS
India-Pakistan Detente: Positive Note

Do recent events point to an unflawing for Indian-Pakistan relations? By Dr. Kashi N Pandita. (01/24/2014)

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The Threat of MANPAD Proliferation

Shoud Man-Portable Anti-Air Defense (MANPADs) be given to Syrian rebels? By Seth Berman. (04/27/2016

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Japan’s Strain Over Island Dispute

Japan's dispute with China over Senkaku Islands putting pressure on its defense stance. By Marian Fakhry. (11/20/2015)

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U.S. Should Conclude the Negotiation on Rules for Aerial Encounters with China

Author argues that the United States should conclude the negotiations with China on an agreed code of conduct for aerial encounters.  By Han Guo.  (11/17/2015) 

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Kremlin’s Battling with Islamic State or Search for New Role

What factors are behind the Russian move in Syria? By Sandeep Tripathi. (10/19/2015)

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How Russia, China, and IS Have Made the US Popular Again

Allies and partners are looking to the United States in ways not seen since the Cold War.  By Rob Spalding and Adam Lowther. (The Diplomat, 06/29/2015)

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What to do about Syria?

The best way towards solving Syria is not through military violence. By Dr. Anna Cornelia Beyer

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Tribulation of the Right to Free Passage: Strolling in your neighbor’s front yard with a hand gun?

UNCLOS states that all states enjoy the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea. But what about warships and ships containing dangerous cargo?  By Amit R. Saksena. (01/27/2015)

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An Iron Dome for India - Why is it in nobody’s interest

Is India's Ballistic Missile Defense initiative really beneficial?  By Amit R. Saksena. (10/17/2014)

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How to Pull Turkey into the Anti-ISIL Coalition

Turkey has been pressured by the West to join the coalition against ISIS. Now that the elections are over and its hostages have been freed, it might just happen.  By Murat Ulgul.  (first appeared in Turkey Agenda, 09/26/2014)

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The New Leaders are the EU’s Response

Contrary to many who belive the EU has done little in reaction to the Ukrainian crisis, its response has been made.  By Panos Chatzinikolaou. (09/08/2014)

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US Policy Options for Iraq and the ISIS Threat

Recent development in Iraq leave the US in a precarious place.  What are its options? By Andrew Kelly.  (07/04/2014)

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Unilateral Humanitarian Intervention in Syria and the Law of Use of Force: The US or the UN?

Legally, can the use of force on the basis of humanitarian grounds be used in Syria? By Henok Gabisa. (09/11/2013)
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Is American Power Truly Declining?

Contrary to some viewe, American military, economic and diplomatic power is not declining. By Zachary K. Ochoa. (07/18/2013)
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How Tehran Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb

How did Iran's nuclear policy evolve and what is the policy outlook for the 2013 elections? By Anne-Laure Barbosa. (03/21/2013)
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Frictions in the South China Sea - Chinese strategic mistake

Author argues Chinese military buildup will only strengthen existing bilateral security deals of neighboring countries and open new ones, primarily with the US. By Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. (05/20/2012)
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Afghanistan 2014: is retreat of Western soldiers feasible?

Author examines current military situation in Afghanistan and prospect for removing Western troops by 2014. By Michael Orfanos. (05/23/2011)
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Two End States in Afghanistan: Somalia of Asia or the Turkey of the East

Author presents analysis of current situation in Afghanistan and asks which direction policies will steer the country toward. By Davood Moradian. (10/18/2010)
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The Lawless Fighting the Lawless

Author analyzes issues about combating piracy on the high seas, including the use of private military firms. By Shaun Randol. (01/02/2009)
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Taiwan-China thaw overshadows deep Taiwan-Japan ties

Author looks at relations between Taiwan and Japan in light of Taiwan's new administration. By Jason Miks (This article first appeared in World Politics Review)
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Back to the (Policy) Future, Or: The Vagaries of International Relations

Selling arms simultaneously to Saudi-Arabia and Israel is hardly new in America's foreign policy. But critics of this White House wonder how this new plan can be squared with the "Bush Doctrine". By Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler (12/28/2007)
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Joint African Union-United Nations Peacekeeping Efforts: A Dangerous Liaison?

Explores peacekeeping efforts by the African Union and United Nations; and provides a solution to optimize effectiveness in the short term. By Runa Reta. (09/20/2007)
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Bush Might Want Another Go at “Democratizing” Iraq

Author critiques possible US troop increases. By Claude Salhani. (IA-Forum, 12/22/2006)
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Africa: The Next Boon for Private Military Firms?

Author discusses private military firms (PMFs) in Africa and issues concerning their involvement there. By Shaun Randol. (02/04/2009)
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Seaborne again

As Japan looks to take on a more active regional security role, some wonder if the build up of the nation's coast guard might be one way of doing so without upsetting the neighbors. By Jason Miks (Article originally appeared in The Diplomat)
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