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A Tiny But Positive Step in the Middle East

Published on June 15th, 2015 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman In the unending panorama of violence that is today’s Middle East, one hopeful note emerged earlier this month with a low-key announcement from Saudi Arabia that drew scant attention from the American ... Read More


Pacific Ocean (June 25, 2004) Ð Ships from the United States and Canada navigate around the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while underway in the Pacific Ocean during a multi-national photo exercise. Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are at sea on a scheduled deployment, and is expected to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands.  This years exercise will include eight participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Britain and the United States.  RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric (RELEASED)

Dangers of a Declining Global Power

Published on June 15th, 2015 | by Guest

by Graham E. Fuller Much has been written about the dangers and challenges posed by China as a rising global power. Indeed, historians speak of generic tensions between rising powers and status quo powers that have ... Read More


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FDD’s Cliff May Misses the Irony

Published on June 13th, 2015 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe “’Creating facts on the ground’ means changing reality through actions rather than diplomacy.” That opening line in a Washington Times op-ed, by the long-time president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), ... Read More



Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

Published on June 12th, 2015 | by John Feffer

by John Feffer When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country’s many ethnic groups. “Ask any intellectual here, ‘How many ethnic groups are ... Read More



New US Demands Complicate Iran Talks

Published on June 12th, 2015 | by Eldar Mamedov

by Eldar Mamedov On June 5-7, a cross-party group of members of the European Parliament visited Iran as a confidence-building measure ahead of the June 30 deadline for a final deal on Iran´s nuclear program. The fact that ... Read More



The Illusory Sectarian War in Yemen

Published on June 12th, 2015 | by Henry Johnson

by Henry Johnson The Houthis’ advance through much of Yemen has defied most expectations. Even those powers most strongly invested in the country’s future misjudged the group. Leading the pack is Saudi Arabia, whose air campaign—meant ... Read More



Protocols of the Hackers of Zion?

Published on June 11th, 2015 | by Marsha B. Cohen

by Marsha B. Cohen When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Tuesday afternoon, he boasted about Israel’s “robust hi-tech and cyber industries.” According to The Jerusalem Post, “Netanyahu also noted ... Read More

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