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Friendly as Tea Time in Iowa?

February 21, 2012

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In a context of growing international political and economic friction between China and the United States, and a domestic political climate where China-bashing has become increasingly popular for both current leaders and presidential hopefuls, the future of Sino-U.S. relations concerns observers everywhere. For China as well as the United States, domestic politics is extremely important […]

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Time for a New Strategy

February 15, 2012

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Despite the continued international pressure, sanctions, sabotage, and threats of attack from Israel, Iran’s acclaimed civil nuclear program has continued to prosper in what many believe is the production of a nuclear weapon. On the 33rd anniversary of the Iranian Islamic Revolution last Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he will reveal his country’s […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds…and (hopefully) the whole war too.

February 13, 2012

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The future of the War in Afghanistan became more complex on 1 February when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. would end its combat role early by summer 2013. This significant development means that the counter-insurgency campaign that NATO is fighting will rely heavily on Afghan National Forces to control Afghan territory. The […]

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Why is Syria Different

December 8, 2011

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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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Defining Terrorism

October 31, 2011

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Since President George W. Bush declared a war on terrorism on September 20th, 2001 thousands of people worldwide have been affected.  The United States has fought either directly or indirectly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and many other locations around the globe.  Terrorist plots have been foiled in airports, on planes, in crowded cities […]

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