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Jordan: Between Stability And Spillover – Analysis

By Andrew Spath The swiftness with which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, now the Islamic State) assaulted and overran northern Iraq brings a new level of concern to policymakers. The offensive blew a hole in Washington’s desire to maintain “a ring of Syrian containment” that favored a political solution with limited […]

JASDF soldiers aiming a Type 91 Kai MANPAD at a mock airborne target in the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex as part of Red Flag – Alaska. Photo by U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder.
JASDF soldiers aiming a Type 91 Kai MANPAD at a mock airborne target in the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex as part of Red Flag – Alaska. Photo by U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder.


Freedom Of Skies: Toothless Distant Relative Of Freedom Of Seas – Analysis

By Lawrence Husick Freedom of the Seas is one of the central principles of American foreign policy. It is the right of all peoples to travel unmolested in international waters in both war and peace. In what should be a parallel concept, Freedom of the Skies, the international community has adopted a more complex and […]

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‘Dirty Bombs:’ Reason To Worry? – Analysis

“Everybody is exposed to radiation. A little bit more or a little bit less is of no consequence.” – Dixie Lee Ray, Chair US Atomic Energy Commission “Politics is more difficult than physics.” – Albert Einstein (1946) A. INTRODUCTION The recent report that the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized […]

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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 […]