Tag: Russia

WATCH: Amb. William Burns on American Leadership

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016 |

On April 12, Ambassador William Burns presented on “American Leadership in a Changing International Landscape for the 2016 Anthony J. Drexel, Jr. Lecturer on International Studies. WATCH ABOVE  by LAURA BRINN for DUKE TODAY on APRIL 15, 2016:  The United States currently faces a key moment in history, with a “window of opportunity in which […]

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Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

[ 0 ] April 29, 2016 |

What it means for human rights and freedom of expression in Israel by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 29, 2016: Last week the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, spent four days in Israel as the very-well-received guest of the government. And, in a move unusual in the world of diplomacy, the Israeli government had […]

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Juan Cole on the Fall of Palmyra to Syrian Regime Forces

Juan Cole on the Fall of Palmyra to Syrian Regime Forces

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 28, 2016:  That massive Russian air strikes and a determined infantry and armor assault by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the ancient city of Palmyra could dislodge from it a few hundred or at most a couple thousand Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) fighters is not all that […]

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LISTEN: David Schanzer on Syria Cease Fire Negotiations

LISTEN: David Schanzer on Syria Cease Fire Negotiations

[ 0 ] February 12, 2016 |

MUNICH — The United States, Russia and other powers agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war, to take place within the next week, and immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday. (via Washington Post)  via ON SECURITY on FEBRUARY 11, 2016 (taped before […]

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The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 1, 2016:  My own feeling is that the US engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain so intense only for another two decades or so. As fossil fuels are replaced with renewables, the outsized role that the oil Gulf plays in world affairs will decline. […]

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The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by ARON LUND for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 3, 2016:  I wrote a post for Syria Comment last year listing the top events of 2014 and what to look for in 2015. So here’s another one—a very long one, in fact. It has been compiled in bits and pieces over a few weeks but was […]

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It Happened Again! Pained Reflections on Islam and Violence (by Mustafa Tuna)

[ 0 ] December 8, 2015 |

by MUSTAFA TUNA for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 8, 2015: When it happened for the first time in my life, I was in Russia doing research. It was a sunny day in September. After many hours of reading through dusty archive catalogs, I had come home tired and turned the TV on. I saw an angry-looking […]

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WATCH: Jentleson and Feaver Talk Turkey & Russia Tensions; Paris Climate Talks

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

via DUKE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE on DECEMBER 2, 2015:  With tensions rising between Turkey and Russia and the ongoing Climate talk in Paris, what role should the United States play? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Foreign Exchange is produced by the Department of Political Science […]

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John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 4, 2015: Is there a more tragic country in the world today than Syria ?  How did it descend into chaos, conflict, and crisis? John McHugo offers some answers in Syria: A History of the Last […]

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