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(Mis)Stating Palestine

(Mis)Stating Palestine

The Palestinian Authority’s reforms have appeared to make it into a fierce entity. In actuality, they conceal deeper weaknesses in the organization which need to be addressed.

Climate Change and Godwin’s Law

Climate Change and Godwin’s Law

The Heartland Institute placed the above billboard along the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago this past week. For $200, they bought a lot of publicity for climate change skeptics.

International Relations and Time

International Relations and Time

The IR calling is a fast-paced, high-intensity, you-snooze-you-loose business. In the academic era of the “publish or perish” doctrine, it is useful to reflect upon time, as both an important variable in IR theory, and a relentless force in our own lives.

Start Making Sense: How Realism Explains Japan-ROK Relations

Start Making Sense: How Realism Explains Japan-ROK Relations

As the disparity between China and Japan’s material capabilities grows, the ROK is likely to place a greater emphasis on the threat of China’s coercive power.

Beyond the Scarborough Scare: Joint Resource Management in the South China Sea

Beyond the Scarborough Scare: Joint Resource Management in the South China Sea

Tensions in the South China Sea have been rising in recent years. Without a joint resource management regime for the Scarborough Shoal, there will be an increased risk of another confrontation leading to armed conflict.

Leaving Without Losing: The War on Terror After Iraq and Afghanistan

Leaving Without Losing: The War on Terror After Iraq and Afghanistan

Just as intervening in Afghanistan and Iraq did not lead the United States to victory, neither will withdrawing from these countries. Although the U.S. is likely to endure negative consequences from its disengagement, withdrawal need not mean defeat.

India’s Approach to Sanctions on Iran

India’s Approach to Sanctions on Iran

Although India has publically chastised Western sanctions against Iran’s oil exports, it is quietly beginning to comply with them. This apparent contradiction stems from Indian policymakers desire to balance its diverging interest in the U.S. and Iran.

Security Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Arctic Environment

Security Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Arctic Environment

As the polar ice cap melts, the US and the international community are underprepared to address the growing economic dynamics of the Arctic.

Prospects for Peace in Syria

Prospects for Peace in Syria

The question is not whether the regime will crumble, but rather when, and under what circumstances. The answers will have a profound impact on the future of Syria and the Arab world.

The China-Philippines Face Off at Scarborough Shoal: Back to Square One?

The China-Philippines Face Off at Scarborough Shoal: Back to Square One?

The current standoff in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China threatens to raise tensions to new heights.

Turkey Today: A “Leviathan” or a “Law-seeker”?

Turkey Today: A “Leviathan” or a “Law-seeker”?

The profound social and political changes Turkey has undergone have made it a law seeking nation. Ankara is now on the path to becoming a full fledged democracy under the rule of law.

The Convergence of Cyberspace and Sustainability

The Convergence of Cyberspace and Sustainability

There is an emerging synergy between cyberspace and sustainability as they converge on the global policy agenda.

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