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Syria is no more

May 29th, 2013, Comment & Analysis, Uncategorized

What began in Syria as a revolt against an oppressive regime has evolved into a sectarian civil war and, more recently, into a proxy conflict among outsiders. In the process, the struggle has become increasingly convoluted, with conflicting agendas among allies, together with deep-seated communal tensions, rendering the situation nearly intractable.

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MEDIA ALERT: French troops in Mali prepare for first major ground operation against insurgents

January 16th, 2013, Media Alerts

MEDIA ALERT: French troops in Mali prepare for first major ground operation against insurgents Jan. 16, 2013   French troops are moving north Wednesday for their first major ground operation in Mali alongside Malian troops, in an attempt to stop rebels, believed to be associated with the terrorist group al-Qaeda, from dominating a region that some [...]

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The appropriate dispute, the unlikely conflict

November 26th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


In Europe, the public opinion – not really aware neither of the complicated historical relations, nor of the trade links existing between China and Japan – started to be moved by the turn of events when TV networks showed Chinese, Japanese and even Taiwanese navy vessels maneuver close to a miniscule and uninhabited archipelago.

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Green-on-blue attacks: A shared nightmare for US, Afghans

August 30th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


By: Naveed Ahmad While looking for good news in Afghanistan, one rarely meets triumph. The 2014 withdrawal deadline underscores the need for visible success stories There may be occasional good news, but the most salient stories inevitably focus on shocking violence. For instance, three incidents of Afghans in uniform killing US servicemen in less than [...]

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The Quran Desecration and the Role of Religion in Conflict

April 10th, 2012, Expert Updates

This Peace Brief is based in part upon a closed-door roundtable convened by the United States Institute of Peace which drew on the expertise of scholars, practitioners, U.S. government officials, and the policy community to discuss the implications of the burning of the Quran.

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The Great Iranian Threat, The Great Iranian Hope

April 9th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

So, who should be frightened by Iran?

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