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Entropy in Geopolitics

Published on February 11th, 2017 | by Guest

by Chas W. Freeman, Jr. A hundred and fifty years ago, a German physicist derived the concept of “entropy” from the second law of thermodynamics.  Since then, entropy has stood for the idea that everything in the ... Read More


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Israel’s Land Theft Law Just Tip of Settlement Iceberg

Published on February 10th, 2017 | by Guest

by Haggai Matar The Knesset on Monday night passed the “formalization law” (also translated as the “normalization law”), which retroactively legalizes dozens of settlement outposts in the West Bank — almost 4,000 housing units. The law ... Read More


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The Impulsive Approach to Managing Alliances

Published on February 10th, 2017 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump has gone so far beyond the bounds of what once was considered presidential, or decorous (without even getting into what is, from a policy point of view, wise or prudent) ... Read More


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Abrams at State: The Marriage of Trump and the Neocons?

Published on February 10th, 2017 | by Guest

by Michael Flynn The growing anticipation that President Donald Trump will name Elliott Abrams deputy secretary of state under Rex Tillerson has observers from across the political landscape scratching their heads—and in some cases fuming. An opponent of Trump ... Read More


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Deconstructing a Detonation near Yemen

Published on February 9th, 2017 | by Guest

by James Spencer  On January 30, 2017, there was an explosion on a Saudi frigate sailing off the Red Sea coast of Yemen, killing two sailors. That much is uncontested. What is unclear—and politically explosive—is whether ... Read More


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America Alone

Published on February 9th, 2017 | by John Feffer

by John Feffer Donald Trump is holding up the severed head of the Statue of Liberty. It’s a striking image for a magazine cover. But it’s not the front of the Nation or the ACLU newsletter. ... Read More


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The Limits of Sports Diplomacy in US-Iran Relations

Published on February 9th, 2017 | by Guest

by Nader Entessar US-Iranian relations since 1979 have been characterized by long periods of animosity and mutual demonization and only fleeting moments of relaxed tensions. Under President Trump, the United States has ratcheted up the anti-Iran ... Read More


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A Look at the Kuwaiti-North Korean Relationship

Published on February 9th, 2017 | by Giorgio Cafiero

by Giorgio Cafiero Until 25 years ago, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had no diplomatic ties with the Arabian Peninsula’s pro-Western and staunchly anti-Communist monarchies. Throughout the Cold War, Pyongyang’s relations with Arab governments ... Read More


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