The Kim Jong Un Phenomenon

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by Graham E. Fuller  I may be naive but I get the feeling that something possibly profound is underway with the recent dramatic flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the once reclusive leader Kim Jong Un; it could represent a turning… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Should Disentangle Itself from Middle East Conflicts

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by Shireen T. Hunter    Throughout the last seven decades, Iran’s direct or indirect involvement in Middle-East-related issues has been a source of difficulties for its foreign relations and domestic politics. The most consequential of these issues has been the… Continue Reading  

Who Is Containing Whom?

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by Graham E. Fuller Over the years “containment” has been a key US political instrument by which it has sought to isolate, starve out, or excommunicate from the “international community” regimes unwilling to accept the US-dominated world order. Yet the… Continue Reading  

What Is to Be Done About the “Russian Question?”

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by Igor Torbakov The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five years of violent political upheaval and social radicalization, culminating with the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922. It set the empire’s many peoples on… Continue Reading  

The Real Causes of America’s Troubled Relations with Iran

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by Shireen Hunter      In his speech describing America’s new approach towards Iran, Donald Trump accused it of responsibility for just about all of the ills of the Middle East and South West Asia. He went as far as… Continue Reading