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February 15, 2012
REGIONS
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MIDDLE EAST
Well, reviewing events in Syria this week, I guess the uni-polar world, the looming American century, and the end of history that were simultaneously announced by assorted American chauvinists and crackpots at the end of the Cold War around 1990 can be discarded for now. The continuing killings in Syria, and the energized global diplomacy that is t...
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Since the release of the result of parliamentary elections, all of the attention has been on Egypt’s Islamist parties, especially the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Salafi al-Nour Party, which gained the majority of seats in Egypt’s People’s Assembly. Nevertheless, the presence of non-Islamist, or secular, parties is i...
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AFRICA
The massacre committed in Port Said on Wednesday night when thousands of fans of the home team Al-Masry, which had secured a rare 3-1 victory over Al-Ahly, stormed the pitch and launched a deadly attack on Ahly fans in the bleachers, was no spur-of-the-moment act of mob behavior. It was a carefully premeditated counter-revolutionary plot to sow sed...
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U.S. relations with Pakistan have been on the rocks since Navy SEALs buzzed into Abbottabad unannounced in a pair of modified MH-60 helicopters and took out Osama bin Laden. The move, which 68 percent of Pakistanis viewed as a “severe” compromise of their country’s sovereignty, according to a Gallup poll, prompted the humiliated Pakistani military ...
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ASIA
President Obama’s May 19 speech about change in the Middle East raises some important and enduring conundrums about politics and identity that apply to Asia as well as the Middle East. The U.S. wants to be on the right side of history, and has newly embraced the demand for reform and democracy as a higher-order determinant of U.S. policy priorities...
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The geopolitical contest for the region’s hearts and minds
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AMERICAS
Decision Points. By George W. Bush. Crown Publishers, 2010. 512 pp.
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How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance. By Parag Khanna; World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Design of Global Governance. By Jonathan G. S. Koppell; The Future of Power. By Joseph S. Nye, Jr.; The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas. By Steven Weber and Bruce W. Jentleson
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EUROPE
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SPANISH LESSONS
Leslie Croxford
History does not repeat itself but it teaches lessons. As Egypt moves from autocracy, it can learn from the way in which Spain made its own transición in the 1970s from the dictatorship of General Franco to the liberal democracy of his appointed successor, King Juan Carlos.
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Celebrating Two Great Inevitabilities
Why SCAF Must Go
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