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The Never-Ending War on Terror

The United States is failing to win its war on terrorism because al Qaeda and the Islamic State represent only a fraction of thereal enemy: a global movement, unified by an ideology-Salafi jihadism-that exists outside of al Qaeda or the Islamic State.

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Korea Summitry

With the June 12 Singapore summit off for now, the Trump administration needs to rethink its desire for a quick, sweeping deal that solves the problem posed by North Korea‘s nuclear and missile programs.

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Italys Revolt Against the EU

Italy‘s new government is going to push back against any attempt by outside actors to force it to rein in its ambitions.

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The Reinvention of Iraqs Muqtada al-Sadr

The win of Muqtada al-Sadrand his political alliance in the recent parliamentary election signaled that at least in this vote, sectarianism hadsupplantedpopulism as the dominant force in Iraqi politics.

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Why Trump Can Safely Ignore Europe

The real question is not whether Europeans are pissed off but whether they will do anything in response to Trump‘s actions. The answer is most likely no.

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Perception and Misperception on the Korean Peninsula

To have any chance of success, U.S. strategy toward North Korea must be guided by an accurate sense of how Kim‘s regime thinks and what it knows about Washington. Failure to do so could lead the United States to stumble into the worst conflict since World War II.

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Deciphering Kim Jong Uns Motives

Trump should think strategically about the motivations of all the summit‘s key players: North Korea, China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia. What is it that they really want?

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Will Colombia Make Peace With Its Peace Deal?

Over the year and a half since its signing, the peace deal continues to face mounting challenges in turning its terms into a reality.

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Why Didn‘t Putin Interfere in Armenia‘s Velvet Revolution?

To understand Putin‘s reaction to the Armenia protests, it is important to correct several partial misconceptions about Russian foreign policy and its impact in the region.

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The Challenge of Reinstating Sanctions Against Iran

The legal and diplomatic challenges Trump would face in reinstituting Iran sanctions make it hard to see how he could rebuild effective international economic pressure on Iran.

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The End of the Iran Deal Could Destabilize Iraq

The real question now facing Iraq is how Iran will choose to respond to Trump‘s withdrawal from the JCPOA.

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The Tragedy of the Venezuelan Opposition

Venezuela‘s opposition long struggled to forge a common electoral strategy-only to have Maduro change the rules.

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The Haspel Nomination and the Torture Question

To confirm Gina Haspel as the CIA director of a president who has stated his support for the use of torture would end the Obama administration‘s delicate bargain on the issue.

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Trump Doesnt Need a Grand Strategy

In a complex world where leaders‘ knowledge is always inadequate, foreign policy victories are often won through improvisation, incrementalism, and adaptation to changing circumstances.

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Beijing‘s Building Boom

The West long ago ceded leadership in overseas infrastructure building to China. Now U.S. and European-sponsored projects are less viable than their Chinese counterparts.

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Can the U.S. and Russia Find a Path Forward on Arms Control?

To prevent a disastrous clash, Washington and Moscow need to maintain and strengthen the arms-control safety net.

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May/June 2018

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How Africa Is Bucking the Isolationist Trend

The world is turning isolationist. Africa is a striking exception.

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