Washington’s Twenty-First-Century Opium Wars

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by Alfred W. McCoy After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for 15 years,… Continue Reading  

Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation Day

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by Daryl Kimball This piece originally was published on “The Iran Primer” of the U.S. Institute of Peace and is reposted with its permission. What is Implementation Day? And what does it mean? The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded… Continue Reading  

Extremism Spreads to Chad

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by Alexander Hurst Chadian markets are a hectic blend of sun, sweating bodies, swatting flies, sandy red earth, the drone of different dialects, the exhaust from motorbikes, and the creative tension of bargaining in progress. Last weekend however, just such… Continue Reading  

U.S. Assistance to Nigeria Should Be Tied to Human Rights

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by William D. Hartung In his recent visit to Washington, newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for U.S. restrictions on military aid to his nation. In particular, he singled out the Leahy Law, which blocks U.S. aid… Continue Reading  

The “Rubik’s Cube” Challenges to a Final Iran Nuclear Deal

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by Derek Davison As talks aimed at a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran continue, with principals from Iran and world powers meeting in Vienna this week, two recent analyses of the negotiations have compared the talks to a “Rubik’s Cube.”… Continue Reading