Words Matter, Mr. President

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by Amb. Dennis Jett Eleven people died on Saturday. And while the President of the United States and his supporters will vehemently deny it, he is partially to blame. The eleven were riddled with bullets while I was sitting at… Continue Reading  

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

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by Larissa Sotieva The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum on October 1 was more than simply an internal Spanish or European matter. It sent a powerful and damaging message to those living in countries and… Continue Reading  

Turning Rex T. into T. Rex

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by Robert E. Hunter Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest figure in the Trump administration to be featured in the mainstream media, and not in a flattering way. Traditionally, when a cabinet officer falls afoul of the media,… Continue Reading  

The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

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by James Pickett Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own right? What differentiates it from varieties prevalent in Afghanistan and Iran? There is no easy answer to these questions because the very categories we use… Continue Reading  

Permanent Warfare as Normality

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by Paul R. Pillar The newest issue of Foreign Affairs features the theme of “America’s Forgotten Wars,” with a cover illustration that juxtaposes a carefree scene of Americans enjoying a picnic with that of American soldiers fighting and incurring casualties… Continue Reading