Punishment No Fit for International Crisis Management

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by Peter Jenkins Enthusiasm in some quarters for punishing Russia for its moves to recover the Crimea has been a feature of recent public debate. Similar references to “punishing Assad” were rife last August after Western governments published indications that… Continue Reading  

Do Neocons Want a Deal with Iran?

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by Derek Davison As talks over a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program continue in Vienna (the next round will be April 7-9) it seems that even those neoconservatives who supported sanctions and negotiation as peaceful paths to a settlement… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa

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America’s New Model for Expeditionary Warfare  by Nick Turse Lion Forward Teams? Echo Casemate? Juniper Micron? You could be forgiven if this jumble of words looks like nonsense to you.  It isn’t.  It’s the language of the U.S. military’s simmering African… Continue Reading  

Tragedy and Perfidy: The Figure of Mahmoud Abbas

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by Mitchell Plitnick Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with US President Barack Obama this week, following in the footsteps of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the month. But unlike Netanyahu, Abbas is a much less heralded or… Continue Reading  

The Mixed Message of the Senate Letter On the Iran Nuclear Talks

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by Daryl G. Kimball Clearly, Congress has an important role in implementing any comprehensive, final-phase agreement between the P5+1 and Iran to “ensureIran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful.” Those talks are now underway in Vienna. In that role, members of the Senate… Continue Reading