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China’s Rising Navy Is Increasingly “Assertive” At Sea

China’s Rising Navy Is Increasingly “Assertive” At Sea

The best ally of peace in a period of massive Chinese naval build up in the Pacific is a strong United States that is committed to working with its allies and demonstrating such commitment to China to ensure that China’s maritime rise is peaceful rather than assertive.

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

The Arab Spring’s impact on the Global Jihad Movement is ironic. Al Qaeda, its associated groups and home-grown cells are no longer the agents of change. In the eyes of the people, this most powerful grouping of violent entities remains marginalized.

Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Events like the fall of Mubarak and the rise of the Islamic Renaissance Movement in Tunisian politics have led some observers to conclude that fundamentalism’s shadow will be cast over the Middle East. Simultaneously, as Tehran’s leaders trumpet their growing relationships with Islamist groups, it is feared that Iran will come out ahead in the region.

From Absence to Absence: The Visual Culture of The ‘War on Terror’

From Absence to Absence: The Visual Culture of The ‘War on Terror’

Throughout the last decade, news photography has re-presented the ‘war on terror’, in the form of military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, in ways consistent with military strategy. Much photojournalism exists within and reproduces an ‘eternal present’, obscuring the frames that narrow its perspective, rendering casualties and context as absent.

Four Reasons Not to Fear Chinese Intelligence

Four Reasons Not to Fear Chinese Intelligence

Overreaction in the West and the promotion of China as the next scary thing may seem like a relatively low risk option now that the end of the global war on terror is threatening defense/intelligence budgets and prestige. How China is integrated into the greater world system will define the coming century like no other single issue.

The Arab Spring and Turkey: Can a ‘Turkish Model’ be Proposed?

The Arab Spring and Turkey: Can a ‘Turkish Model’ be Proposed?

The most important aspect of Turkey’s potential to become a model for the rest of the region is her ability to uphold secularism while trying to become more democratic despite the fact that there is currently a conservative government ruling Turkey with its origins in Turkey’s Islamist tradition.

Avoiding a Zero-Sum Water-Energy End Game: Bring It to Rio+20

Avoiding a Zero-Sum Water-Energy End Game: Bring It to Rio+20

It seems that there is an inverse relationship between water and energy security, but is this scenario real or imagined? Although it is only one step, the incorporation of the water-energy nexus into the Rio+20 agenda would help to improve our understanding of sustainability.

Egypt’s Recent Achievements in Conflict Mediation

Egypt’s Recent Achievements in Conflict Mediation

Even while the prospects of reconciling Hamas and Fatah’s conflicting visions for the future are dim, Egypt has emerged as the only Middle East mediator trusted by both sides.These achievements represent the efforts of the transitional military regime to lift Egypt’s regional status out of the slump of the Mubarak era.

Was the International Intervention in Libya a Success?

Was the International Intervention in Libya a Success?

The UN-mandated intervention in Libya is now officially at an end. Perhaps only time will tell whether Libya turns out to have been a great case of international intervention or something rather less.

Brazil’s Mercosur Economic Strategy: From Destiny to Impairment

Brazil’s Mercosur Economic Strategy: From Destiny to Impairment

Today, Mercosur is more of a dysfunctional set of rules, decision-making procedures and abstract principles rather than a well-functioning case of open regionalism. Mercosur’s inoperativeness condemns its member countries to remain relatively isolated from the dynamic developments taking place in the global economy.

The International Politics of Religious Defamation

The International Politics of Religious Defamation

The current focus by scholars and policymakers on the role of religion in international relations is a welcome development. It’s transnational power can serve as a force for both good or ill by challenging the exclusive authority of states over their citizens, and debates over religious issues cannot be understood without taking religious beliefs into account.

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