Tag: Russia

WATCH: Tom Cinq-Mars and His Research on the Druzbha Oil Pipeline’s Impact on the Tatars

[ 0 ] October 17, 2014 |

via COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES/JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  Tom Cinq-Mars, a Duke PhD student in the History Department, outlines his research on the Druzhba oil pipeline’s impact on Russia’s (Muslim) Tatar populations and his interdisciplinary work with the Council for European Studies.

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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David A Siegel: Going Beyond Military Force to Defeat ISIS (The Hill)

David A Siegel: Going Beyond Military Force to Defeat ISIS (The Hill)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by DAVID A. SIEGEL for THE HILL on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014:  I have in this space previously argued that “hearts and minds” approaches to counterrorism and counterinsurgency are superior in many cases to those based on military force, even taking into account the incredible expertise and professionalism of our armed forces. The planned response to […]

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The War Department’s WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria (via Slate)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by CHRIS A. SMITH for SLATE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The Vault is Slate‘s history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe—often to places […]

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WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

Who are Iraq’s Sunni Arabs and What did We Do to them? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 18, 2014:  The two great branches of Islam coexist in Iraq across linguistic and ethnic groups. There are Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs, Sunni Kurds and (a tiny minority of) Shiite Kurds. Arabs are a linguistic group, speaking a Semitic language. Kurds speak and Indo-European language related […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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Shaping Things to Come: America’s Role

[ 0 ] May 2, 2014 |

by SIMON SERFATY for THE NATIONAL INTEREST on APRIL 30, 2014:  RAYMOND ARON CALLED THE TWENTIETH CENTURY “the century of total war,” and so it was, arguably the worst ever, exceeding even the devastation created by the Thirty Years’ War. As many as 175 million people were deliberately killed, whether in combat or in cold […]

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The Art(s) of Revolution in the Middle East

The Art(s) of Revolution in the Middle East

[ 0 ] April 28, 2014 |

by MIRIAM COOKE, ERDAĞ GÖKNAR, CLAUDIA KOONZ, BRUCE LAWRENCE, and WALTER MIGNOLO for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on APRIL 23, 2014: This revolution is a beginning Like a migration, like a birth This revolution is a bismillah, Come on, finish the aya, See how it improves on every reading How each verse runs to the next […]

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Report: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire

[ 0 ] April 22, 2014 |

by THOMAS CAROTHERS and SASKIA BRECHENMACHER for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, FEBRUARY 2014:   REPORT “Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire” SUMMARY EXCERPT) After seeing its reach increase for decades, international support for democracy and human rights now faces a serious challenge: more and more governments are erecting legal and logistical barriers to […]

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