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Putin to Kerry: How Many Divisions Have You Got?

Putin to Kerry: How Many Divisions Have You Got?

Eighty years ago, Russia’s dictator Joseph Stalin told France’s Foreign Minister Pierre Laval while talking about the Vatican: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” What brings this notorious quote back to mind is that US Secretary of State ...

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Is Iran Headed for another Green Revolution?

Is Iran Headed for another Green Revolution?

The factional battles inside Iran have intensified greatly, going into the crucial Feb. 26 elections. While most attention is focused on the 290 seats in the Majlis, a more important battle is being waged over the 88 seats that are ...

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Looking Past Obama for Syrian Outcome

Looking Past Obama for Syrian Outcome

Last week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a speech at the Economic Club of Washington, previewing the Fiscal Year 2017 defense budget.  Three items stood out in the Carter presentation. First, the United States has redefined Russia as the greatest ...

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GCC-US Future Ties: What Should the Next Administration Do?

GCC-US Future Ties: What Should the Next Administration Do?

We are going through a period that will define future features of the US-GCC ties. To be able to form an idea about how best, from both sides’ perspectives, could these ties be shaped, we have to gloss quickly over ...

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