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Can Iraq Survive the April 30 Elections?

Can Iraq Survive the April 30 Elections?

An estimated 12 million Iraqis turned out to vote in the April 30 elections to choose 328 members of parliament.  While the first post-American occupation elections were marred by violence (no polling stations were open in Fallujah, a city now ...

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Brahimi’s Resignation and the Failure of the “Partnership” Doctrine

Brahimi’s Resignation and the Failure of the “Partnership” Doctrine

There are strong indications that the international envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, may be preparing to resign his post soon.  In a way, Brahimi’s resignation should not come as surprise to anyone. The diplomatic avenue in the case of the ...

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“Where to Start?” The Challenge Facing Al Sissi

“Where to Start?” The Challenge Facing Al Sissi

It is indeed a “mission almost impossible” to keep the Egyptian economy “kind of” afloat and to avoid what seems to be a collapse that is the logical outcome of current policies.  Secret contacts with between the ruling military and ...

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Congress Challenges Obama Record as State Department Reports Al Qaeda Upsurge

Congress Challenges Obama Record as State Department Reports Al Qaeda Upsurge

The U.S. Department of State has issued its annual Country Report on Terrorism 2013–and the 300-page document confirms the obvious:  Al Qaeda—plus its affiliates—has vastly expanded operations during the past year, and poses an expanding threat to the United States ...

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