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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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Global Warning or Is Environment Actually Politics?

Article discusses the relation between climate negotiations and states’ interests on the international arena, if environmental conferences bring substantial results in fighting today’s environmental problems and what tool is actually the most useful in fighting them. By Alisa Fazleeva. (06/24/2014)

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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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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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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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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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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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Al-Qaeda: The Beginning

Historical overview of Al Qaeda's begginings. By Mohammed Salama. (12/23/2013)
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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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EDITORIALS
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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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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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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Talking to the Taliban: Impossible or Pointless?

Author analyzes possible discussions with the Taliban, providing potential scenarios and outcomes. By Dmitri A Titoff. (04/29/2011)
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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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Women are the Pillars of Afghanistan

Author responds to op-ed by Laura Bush, and discusses steps to achieve gender equality. By Ashraf Haidari. (10/18/2010)
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Karzai Not Two Faced About War On Terrorism

M. Ashraf Haidari, Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC., responds to Thomas L. Friedman statement that some countries in the region are "two-faced" in the war against terrorism, defending President Hamid Karzai's policies. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (08/10/2010)
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Afghanistan: Never Mind the Disabled

Author looks at issues faced by disabled in Afghanistan and critiques the lack of programs to assist them. By Fahim Kairy. (01/19/2011)
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Which Policy to Address Climate Change?

Author examines potential impacts of climate change and policy options to combat it. By Julian Morris, International Policy Network. (12/09/2009)
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Afghanistan: Averting the Loss of another Generation

Author discusses the importance of providing educational opportunities to young Afghans. By Ahmad Shuja. (10/25/2009)
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Revitalization of the Agriculture Sector Key to Winning the Peace in Afghanistan

Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Afghanistan’s Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock, discusses the Afghan elections and argues that a developed agriculture sector can lead to peace and prosperity. By Mohammad Asif Rahimi. (09/29/2009)
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Winning the Elusive Peace in Afghanistan

Authors discuss challenges to gaining peace in Afghanistan and offer points for hope in attaining it. By Shaida M. Abdali and M. Ashraf Haidari. (07/21/2009)
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Education is the Key to Empowering Afghan Women

Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan M. Ashraf Haidari argues for increased efforts to educate the women of Afghanistan as a primary step in ensuring greater rights. By M. Ashaf Haidari. (05/13/2009)
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The Complicated Task of Educating Future Leaders

A discussion of international relations eduation system and a call for Realism in the course of studies. By Alina Khasabova. (03/01/2009)
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The EU’s Promotion of “Regional Cooperation” in the South Caucasus – Modest but Ambitious

Exmanation of regional cooperative efforts in the South Caucasus and their potential effects. By Syuzanna Vasilyan. (02/28/2009)
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A Way Through the Afghan Labyrinth

Author discusses need for securing Afghanistan and offers a plan to do so. By M Ashraf Haidari. (first appeared in Asia Times, 10/07/2008)
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Peace Deals that Destabilize Afghanistan

Author analyzes peace negotiations between Pakistan and the Taliban and their effect on Afghanistan and issues facing it. By M. Ashraf Haidari (07/03/2008)
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Paris Conference: An Opportunity to Address Afghanistan’s Key Rebuilding Challenges

M. Ashraf Haidari, the Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, discusses rebuilding challenges that should be addressed at the Paris Support Conference. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (06/10/2008)
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Will Washington's New Counternarcotics Policy in Afghanistan Work?

Author examines new counternarcotics policy and provides a ground level alternative. By Haroun Mir and Jens F. Laurson (first published in the Central Asia-Caucasas Institute Analyst, 10/17/2007)
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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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Turning Madrassas against Radicalism

Author discusses the impact of Pakistani religious schools in Central Asia and what Afghanistan can do to counter it. By Haroun Mir. (IA-Forum, 8/20/2006)
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Israel: Weakness in Strength

As unlikely as Israel will take its foreign policy cues from Jesus via Pope John Paul II, the unrealistic hope for peace might well lie in the application of unrealistic policies. By Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler. (IA-Forum, 08/10/2006)
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Stuck in a Struggle

Author writes that the lack of economic and social progress is bound to undermine government authority in Afghanistan. By Haroun Mir. (6/22/2006)
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Rethinking the ‘Long War’ in Afghanistan: Response

M. Ashraf Haidari responds to New York Times editorial that is optimistic about progress in Afghanistan. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (02/27/2011)
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