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ISIS has become the richest terrorist group in the world

ISIS, the terrorist organization that is currently moving dangerously close to Baghdad, has become widely recognized as the richest terrorist group in the world. And you know how they attained…

China: The Unavoidable lens through which Americans analyze Asia

“The Asia Pivot? What Asia Pivot? Ah, you mean the 'contain China,' Pivot?” a senior expert on Asia rhetorically asked in passing. Obama’s cornerstone foreign policy initiative has taken plenty of…

Is it still safe for foreigners in Thailand?

On Wednesday, Thailand's military declared martial law ahead of an opposition rally, which they predicted would spark violence between the royalist opposition and Thaksin supporters. In a country where…

The voters were right: Switzerland didn’t need fancy new fighter jets

In a rare showing, the mountainous Swiss are making headlines. No, not for the controversial anti-immigration vote in February that European Union members lamented over, but rather the rejected referendum…

Fighting the Root Causes of Terrorism: To reduce foreign fighters in Syria, increase structural opportunity

Last week, the State Department came out with its annual Country Reports on Terrorism. With boundless acronyms and frequent mentions of global terrorism’s corporate brand, Al-Qa’ida, there is very little…

The Asia Pivot: Tywin Lannister’s guide to successful leadership

After opening with a sushi meal, President Obama's Asia Tour is finally here. Obama reached Tokyo and will eat (and hopefully talk) his way through Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul…

The U.K. a ‘Christian country’? Yes, but in a secular sense

British Prime Minister David Cameron found himself embroiled in a religious kerfuffle over the Easter weekend — one that has been largely of his own making. In an article published April…

The disappearance of Transatlantic Conservatism: Republicans too religious, extreme for Tories

A quarter century ago, ‘-isms’ reigned in the special relationship between the United Kingdom and United States. Thatcherism hewed closely to Reaganism’s supply-side economics and traditional social values; this shared…

A brief history of Pakistan’s corrupt rule: Contextualizing Musharraf’s indictment

Musharraf is by no means the only shameful dictator in Pakistani history. The country, born out of Indian resentment, has been plagued by military impunity from any and all civilian…

Obama’s soft power approach will win out in Ukraine

In a carefully worded mass text the NYT reported Putin’s olive branch phone call to end tension on the Ukraine-Crimea border. This comes a week after Russia was snubbed…

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