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Diplomatic Drawdown: Why America Has an Ineffective Department of State

The Trump administration’s degradation of diplomacy has appeared in multiple ways, including vacancies at the State Department, setting new records for nominating grievously unqualified people for important ambassadorial posts, and the disavowing of agreements carefully negotiated under previous administrations. Earlier this year the Trump administration, while stoking an …

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The Uncomfortable Truth about Afghanistan’s Future

Kabul must learn to grapple with its Taliban problem. Anyone looking in Afghanistan for an easily understood story of good versus evil, or moderation versus extremism, will be disappointed. That war-torn country is a congeries of conflicts with diverse ethnic, sectarian, and ideological overtones. Battles are fought between …

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Tiananmen Option: Would China Use Military Force in Hong Kong?

If push comes to shove, then overwhelming force might yet be viewed by Beijing as necessary to avoid imperiling the regime as a whole. Will Xi Jinping deploy the People’s Liberation Army to suppress the peaceful protests in Hong Kong, or will Beijing opt for a more conciliatory …

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Addressing Economic Challenges in Africa Through Deep Investments

Jeff Broth   The African continent comprises a diverse collection of countries, each with its own set of challenges. The governance of individual territories, regions, and countries requires tremendous care and attention, particularly where peace and stability are concerned. Leadership is central to the prosperity of the African …

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The Kashmir crisis spotlights what a civilizational world looks like

James Dorsey India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab land, is the latest indication of what a new world order led by civilizational leaders may look like. In dealing with …

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Counterintelligence operations in the Persian Gulf War and the Iran-Contra Operation

Bob Boudahl Counterintelligence played an enormous and very beneficial impact on the success of the first Gulf War, “Desert Storm.”Military action was swift, decisive and successful. During 1990 the CIA closely monitored Iraq’s military and political actions. The CIA also notified the U.S. Military and U.S. policy makers …

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Security architecture in the Gulf: Troubled prospects

James M. Dorsey Russia, backed by China, hoping to exploit mounting doubts in the Gulf about the reliability of the United States as the region’s sole security guarantor, is proposing a radical overhaul of the security architecture in an area that is home to massive oil and gas …

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The scenarios ahead of the Deal of the Century

Somayeh Khomarbaghi The fate of the deal of the century is unknown as the deal continuous running into problems. The West struggles with new plans to put the deal into operation, but these plans can be easily derailed if the right strategies are adopted. The deal, initially proposed …

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