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Future US Military Involvement in Syria

October 12, 2013

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In order to avoid airstrikes, President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to allow Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles to be destroyed. As the United States engages with Syria in a deal to disarm the regime of its chemical weapons, many still wonder if at some future point the United States could become involved in the conflict.

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The US Stake in Mexican Energy Reform

September 17, 2013

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has recently proposed opening Mexico’s nationalized oil and gas industry to joint ventures with private firms. This potential action, while unpopular with some Mexicans because of its political meaning, will—in the long term—likely prove advantageous for both Mexico and the United States and should be advocated by private and public US organizations.

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Why is Syria Different: Two Years Later

August 29, 2013

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On December 8th, 2011 I wrote about the Syrian conflict and three reasons why the United States would not intervene like it did in Libya. Almost two years later the conflict in Syria continues to rage with no end in site. This article will take another look at my article from 2011 and how the situation in Syria has changed but mostly stayed the same.

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Syria Update August 2013: Part II

August 28, 2013

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Syria’s political reality is changing from a unified state into a fragmented series of regions. A Sunni enclave is developing in the north and east, a regime controlled area in the west and south, and a Kurdish autonomous area in the northeast. Kurdish autonomy will help bolster Turkish influence in the region while a US-led strike against the regime will only solidify the Balkanizing process in Syria.

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The View from Pyongyang

August 27, 2013

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As a pariah state, threatened by much more powerful nations than itself and with weakening ties to its most important allies, North Korea has every reason to want nuclear weapons. The only threats strong enough to compel North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions are either military force or a crushing embargo from China.

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