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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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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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Kazakhstan Becomes Centrepiece in Eurasian Diplomacy

In a phase of declining oil prices and economic storm in neighbouring Russia, Kazakhstan has engaged in intense diplomatic activity with the West and other Central Asian countries. By Dr. Ernesto Gallo.  (Global Risk Insights, 12/17/2014) 

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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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Mediterranean Energy Alliances Isolate Turkey

The discovery of hydrocarbons has altered the geopolitical situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, leading to the formation of new alliances that leave Turkey out of the game. By Evita Souri. (Global Risk Insights, 12/13/2014)

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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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EDITORIALS
Human nature, international hierarchies and ISIS

Using psychology to understand states and groups like ISIS better.  By Dr. A.C. Beyer. (11/14/2014)

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Turkey has much to lose in Kobani

Author says Turkey can't afford to not get involved in Kobani. By Brady Jewett. (Global Risk Insights,10/29/2014)

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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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'Moral blackmail' still stifles debate on Israel

Accusations of anti-Semitism against those who criticise Israel aim to curb debate on its crimes against Palestinians. By Abukar Arman (first appeared in Al Jazeera). (08/16/2014)

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I Stand for Humanity

The author calls on the American Jewsih community to take another look at the Palestinian humanitarian crisis. By Rebecca Harris. (08/11/2014)

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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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The Fall of Mosul and the Resulting Convergence of U.S. and Iranian Interests

Is Baghdad next on the path of ISIS? By Lefteri John Christodulelis. (06/24/2014)

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What about the Women: the Missing Voice at the Peacemaking Table

What is - and can be - the impact of women's representation in peace negotiations? By Sthelyn Romero. (05/26/2014)

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Afghanistan: from tribal lawlessness to democratic order

A look at the elections in Afghanistan. By Kashi N Pandit. (05/02/2014)

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Realigning process in the Middle East

The changing dynamics in the Middle East and India's role in it.  By Kashi N Pandita. (03/14/2014)

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Denied Justice and Discriminated in the Face of Death – Foreign Nationals and the Death Penalty

International Commission against the Death Penalty members discuss focusing on foreign nationals and capital punishment worldwide..  By Ruth Dreifuss and Federico Mayor.  (03/03/2014)

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The New Face of Governance

In the new face of governance, NGOs play an important role.  By Dana-Marie Seepersad. (02/26/2014)

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Bi-polarity of Afghan peace talks

Afghan peace talks are bounded by many stakeholders.  How are they involved and how does Karzai play into the situation?  By Dr. Kashi N Pandita. (02/26/2014)

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Iran Nuclear Deal: On the way to political transformations or united for the political game?

What are the hopes for the Iran nuclear deal? By Serine Ayriyan. (12/15/2013)

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Holes and Corners

What's the status on Muslim Brotherhood's activities in the UK and Egypt? By Mohammed Salama. (11/26/2013)

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The Peril of Ethiopian Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia: A Life of Absolute Defenseless and Destitute

Author discusses the plight of Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia facing human rights abuses. By Henok G. Gabisa. (11/17/2013)

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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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Qatar Racing Ahead

Reflections on progressive steps forward by Qatar into international affairs and issues facing it. By Knox Thames. (07/02/2013)
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Not (Only) Assad’s Fault: The Military Effect in Syria

Would removing Assad actually change to the plight of Syria? By Ore Koren. (04/08/2013)
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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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Ending Doormat Politics In Somalia

Somalia is en route to recovery but will it just be another instance of squandered opportunity? By Abukar Arman.
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From the MENA, Yet Another Dilemma

The Syrian crisis, in the context of the MENA countries. By Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic.
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How Do Muslims Think?

Freedom of thought and expression key points to examine the anti-American protests. By Magdy Aziz Tobia. (09/26/2012)
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Human Trafficking – the Untamable Epidemic

A look at the root causes of human trafficking and possible steps to combat it. By Anuradha Kataria. (09/24/2012)
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The Shi’a Precedent - A Focus on Iran in Syria

How does Iran play into the Syrian conflict? By Landon Shroder. (09/19/2012)
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Syria and the Arab Uprisings: A Special Case

How do Russia, China and their allies in the Middle East (most notably Iran) play into the Syria and Arab uprising equation? By Yasir Kuoti. (08/21/2012)
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The Road to Damascus from Baghdad

Insider's view from Baghdad about the struggle for Syria and its implications. By Landon Shroder. (08/15/2012)
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All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance: Admit Palestine to the UN

What are the implications of Palestine not being in the UN? What would it achieve? By Paul Parker. (05/21/2012)
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London Conference on Somalia: A Rebranding of the War on Terror or a New Course?

An assessment of recent London Conference on Somalia. By Said Liban. (04/30/2012)
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Turkish Delight: Commercial Opportunities in Turkey’s Growing Economy

The world's fastest growing economy: Turkey? Author examines Turkey's economic growth. By Ryan Barnes. (09/03/2011)
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