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Buying Time

January 31, 2012

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Recently the European Union has been building up to the implementation of “crippling” new sanctions against the government of Iran. These new sanctions were finally revealed on January 23 and their primary focus is on limiting Iran’s oil export capability. Despite the strong rhetoric, these sanctions will not truly be effective in the short-term as […]

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Limited Objectives

January 23, 2012

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In recent weeks the news had been awash with news of Iran’s burgeoning nuclear program. Although the United States and the European Union have sought to find solutions to the problem other than war and violence, GOP candidates and Israeli spokespeople continue to advocate striking out against Iran militarily. Iran, in response, has threatened to […]

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Is the U.S. Really Done in the Middle East?

December 17, 2011

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This past week marked a monumental step for the United States’ presence in the Middle East. From an airport in Baghdad, the closing ceremonies of the U.S. war in Iraq were held. There was no celebration, just a simple ceremony and then it was over. Just a few hundred miles away, however, a new chapter […]

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Why is Syria Different

December 8, 2011

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From: http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/syrian%20revolution_127813

A political cartoon depicts President Bashir Al-Assad of Syria as the grim reaper of Syria.             According to the United Nations, over 4,000 people, including over 300 children, have been killed in Syria during the Arab Spring unrest.  The Arab League has repeatedly passed resolutions and sanctions on Syria.  Recently […]

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A Nuclear Iran: Carrot or Stick?

November 21, 2011

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On November 8, 2011 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report stating that Iran has “carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device.” Although this may not come as a surprise to most people, what is a surprise is that Iran has been able to stockpile enriched uranium (at a […]

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