Tag: foreign policy

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

[ 0 ] March 11, 2014 |

What Do Policymakers Want from Researchers? Blogs, Elevator Pitches and Good Old Fashioned Press Mentions (Duncan Green provides short and sweet translations of some of the key findings from a recent survey looking at how US policymakers use and value international studies research. The findings point to the importance of blogging, but also to the sustained […]

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The (Ir)relevance of Academia? Academics Lash Back at Kristof for NYT Column

[ 0 ] February 28, 2014 |

by TADWEEN EDITORS for TADWEEN PUBLISHING on FEBRUARY 28, 2014:  Has academia become a wasteland of intelligence? This is not the first time such an argument has been brought to light. A recent column by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times titled “Professors, We Need You!” has attracted a significant amount of attention from across the web over […]

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False Nostalgia: The Original Fallujah Campaign Destabilized Iraq (Juan Cole)

False Nostalgia: The Original Fallujah Campaign Destabilized Iraq (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 15, 2014 |

(ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note, January 15, 2014):  In the latest round of violence in Iraq, a wave of bombings across the country today killed at least 50 people — this after  Al Qaeda-linked militants took control of two cities in western Anbar province. From today’s LA Times: “The army and allied tribesmen have been fighting Al Qaeda’s Islamic […]

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Isobel Coleman: Drafting Discord — Why Egypt’s Next Constitution Won’t Fulfill the Democratic Dreams of the Revolution

[ 0 ] December 10, 2013 |

by ISOBEL COLEMAN for FOREIGN POLICY and THE LEGATUM INSTITUTE (DEMOCRACY LAB) on DECEMBER 5, 2013:  In the midst of violence and counter-revolution, Egypt’s military-backed government is about to present a new constitution to the people — the country’s second in a year. On Dec. 1, a 50-member committee, tasked by the government with making “revisions” to […]

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Peter Feaver – What If Kerry’s Peace Talks Fail?

Peter Feaver – What If Kerry’s Peace Talks Fail?

[ 0 ] July 31, 2013 |

by PETER FEAVER for FOREIGNPOLICY.COM on July 30, 2013: Not many rosy optimists are predicting a breakthrough in the Middle East peace talks that started this week. The talks represent the fruit of the labors of an exceptionally determined Secretary of State John Kerry, but many people believe that the high-water mark for the talks […]

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Juan Cole: PRISM — The US Government is mad at Bradley Manning for doing to it what it is Doing to All of us

Juan Cole: PRISM — The US Government is mad at Bradley Manning for doing to it what it is Doing to All of us

[ 0 ] June 7, 2013 |

by JUAN COLE in INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 7, 2013:  Bradley Manning, who spilled the beans on the US blowing away of unarmed Iraqi journalists and overlooking war crimes by the US military and allied Iraqi troops, released thousands of low-level cable messages. He has been charged by the US government with thereby being a traitor, […]

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Haiyun Ma: Go West at What Cost? China’s Pivot on Middle East Studies

Haiyun Ma: Go West at What Cost? China’s Pivot on Middle East Studies

[ 0 ] May 10, 2013 |

by HAIYUN MA for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 10, 2013:  This week China’s new president, Xi Jinping, separately hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas — meetings that some analysts say is indicative of China’s desire for a more pro-active role in Middle East diplomacy. The timing of the visits of Abbas […]

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Vanni Capelli: An Early Return in Afghanistan?

[ 0 ] April 1, 2013 |

by VANNI CAPELLI for WORLD POLICY (INSTITUTE) BLOG on MARCH 29, 2013:  Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s asserted this month that the United States and the Taliban are working in an opposed but complementary manner to destabilize his country and “prolong the presence of the American forces,”  each for their own ends. These controversial words are […]

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Bill King: Silencing Rebiya Kadeer (response to her Duke lecture)

[ 0 ] March 12, 2013 |

by BILL KING for THE STRUGGLE FOR THE WORLD (BLOG) on MARCH 12, 2013:  (Editor’s Note: This commentary piece was written as a direct response to Duke Public Policy and Political Science Professor Peter Feaver’s blog post  in Foreign Policy “Why Should American Grand Strategy Care About the Uighurs”  about Rebiya Kadeer’s visit to Duke last […]

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