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The ISIL Invasion Of Iraq: Economic Winners And Losers – Analysis

By Frank R. Gunter Amid the chaos of the conquest of a large part of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS, the Caliphate, or the Islamic State), there has been a great deal of attention paid to the political, military, social, humanitarian, and even religious implications. However, […]

Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia

Lessons From The Cold War – Analysis

By Mackubin Thomas Owens “Reputation of power is power, because it draweth with it the adherence of those that need protection,” writes Thomas Hobbes, in Leviathan. Does American “credibility” in foreign policy matter? Many commentators answer in the negative. For instance, Peter Beinart, of The Atlantic, has contended that what he calls the “credibility fallacy” […]

Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko. Photo Kathrin Möbius, Wikipedia Commons.
Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko. Photo Kathrin Möbius, Wikipedia Commons.

Ukraine’s Struggle For Democracy: Severe Challenges Ahead – Analysis

By Adrian A. Basora and Aleksandr Fisher On May 25, 2014, Petro Poroshenko was elected president of Ukraine with 54.7 percent of the vote. President Vladimir Putin said he would respect the election results, despite having previously stated that he would consider any Ukrainian election illegitimate. Thus, when Poroshenko was inaugurated on June 7, many […]

Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. File photo.

Egypt’s New President: ‘I Will Not Sleep And Neither Will You. We Must Work, Night And Day, Without Rest.’ – Analysis

By Ann M. Lesch Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, anointed president by 97 percent of the voters in May 2014, addresses Egyptians as their elder brother, insisting on correcting their wayward behavior. He’ll make sure that they get up at 5 a.m. so they can work hard and he’ll ensure that they adhere to ‘correct’ Islamic practices […]


Will Moldova Fracture? Considering The Case Of Găgăuzia – Analysis

By John R. Haines On 27 June 2012 Moldova signed a set of trade and political agreements with the European Economic Community that places the nation on a pathway to EU accession, and by some estimations, possible NATO membership. An earlier E-Note considered the role of one pro-Moscow region, Transdniestria, in the unfolding Moldovan drama. […]

Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah. Photo by Crans Montana Forum.
Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah. Photo by Crans Montana Forum.

The Afghan Elections: Is Abdullah Right That He Was Wronged (Twice)? – Analysis

By Andrew Garfield In the final weeks before the second round of the Afghan presidential elections, my company undertook two polls of likely voters to determine which of the two candidates was in the lead – Dr. Abdullah Abdullah or Dr. Ashraf Ghani. Our primary motive for doing this was to provide transparency in the […]