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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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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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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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3 Reasons for John Kerry to Be in India While the Rest of the World Burns

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The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Final Thoughts

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The 2014 Brookings Blum Roundtable: Jump-starting Inclusive Growth in the Most Difficult Environment

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EDITORIALS
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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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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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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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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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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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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Barack Obama: In search of the Jeffersonian legacy?

Author presents argument that Barack Obama's recent speech in the Middle East signals a step toward Jeffersonian policy. By Michalis Orfanos. (06/05/2011)
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Obama’s speech, Obama’s sorrows

Author analyzes President Obama's recent speech about the Middle East and its meanings. By Dmitri Titoff. (05/25/2011)
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The Islamic Revolution That Won’t

Author provides comparision between the 1979 Iranian revolution and the recent Egyptian revolution. By Nathaniel Markowitz. (05/04/2011)
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Is There a Peaceful Solution to the Israeli/Palestinian Issue?

A review of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict proposal toward acheiving peace. By Bharat Vasudevan. (02/16/2011)
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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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Benjamin Netanyahu Speech: An Analysis

Author analyzes Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on the peace process on June 14 at Bar Ilan University, calling it innovative. By Dr. Yoav J. Tenembaum. (06/19/2009)
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President Barack Obama's Peace Plan for the Middle East?

Author explores U.S. peace plan for the Middle East and discusses means for positive U.S. foreign policy there. By Dr. Yoav J. Tenembaum. (05/25/2009)
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Thirty Years to the First Arab-Israeli Peace Treaty

On the anniversary of the Arab-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979, a reflection on its significance and influence. By Dr. Yoav J. Tenembaum (03/26/2009)
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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 Final Tour

Author reflects on President Bush's visit to the Middle East and US policy there. By Alexander Jackson. (IA-Forum, 05/20/2008)
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Israelis, Palestinians must promote peace culture

Reflects on Palestinian internal strife and repercussions around the world. By Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer. (7/1/2007, first published in Newsday)
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Non-Friction: Toward A Global Economy

These expansion of the role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is well intentioned but will likely bring undesired results. By George A. Pieler and Jens F. Laurson (first published at Forbes, 08/25/2006)
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