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The Irreplaceable Spy

Published on June 11th, 2014 | by Guest

by Augustus Richard Norton Until 1:04 PM on April 18, 1983, Robert Clayton Ames was little known outside U.S. foreign policy and intelligence circles. On that day he died, along with 62 other casualties in and around ... Read More


Iran

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Timelines Dominate Iran Nuclear Talks

Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison The three key timelines at the center of the negotiations between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program were the subject of a panel discussion at the Wilson Center today. Jon Wolfsthal ... Read More


Israel

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9 Facts About Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Marsha B. Cohen

by Marsha B. Cohen Reuven Rivlin has just been elected Israel’s 10th president. A member of Israel’s parliamentary body since 1988, he served as Speaker of the Knesset from 2003-06 and again from 2009-13. Today, Israel’s parliamentarians, by ... Read More


GCC

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US-Iran Bilateral Talks: On the Edge of a Nuclear Deal?

Published on June 9th, 2014 | by Robert E. Hunter

by Robert E. Hunter With bilateral US-Iran talks taking place in Geneva today, notably topped for the US by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led earlier secret exchanges, negotiations between Iran and world powers might ... Read More


China

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How Not to Make Comparisons Between Iran and China

Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Guest

by Paul Pillar One of the most famous zingers in American political history is Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” line in his 1988 vice presidential candidates’ debate with Dan Quayle. Quayle’s preceding remark in the ... Read More


Message

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“The World Turns Around a Spinning Ball”

Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Tom Engelhardt

Choreographed War and Other Aspects of the World’s Greatest Game  by Eduardo Galeano [The following passages are excerpted at TomDispatch from Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow (Nation Books, Open Road Media ebooks).] The Stadium Have you ever entered an empty ... Read More


Afghanistan

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Bowe Bergdahl Isn’t the First

Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman Americans have short memories. In all the furor over the exchange of five senior Taliban leaders for an U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, I haven’t heard anyone other than a ... Read More


Afghanistan

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Rise of Terror Groups Demands Hard Look at US Policy

Published on June 6th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison The resurgence of “Salafi-jihadist” terrorist groups is once again at the forefront of national security thinking in Washington. A report released this week by the RAND Corporation, “A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of ... Read More


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