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Hui Zhang on North Korean provocations

North Korea Stirs Cuban Crisis Memory By Hui Zhang Asia Times “Over the past decade, past experience has shown that the more sanctions the international community places on Pyongyang, the more Pyongyang is motivated to respond defiantly. The longer the … Continue reading

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Rami Khouri on Islamic sects in Syria

Islamists and Secular Nationalists in Syria By Rami Khouri Agence Global “The heart and soul of Syrian society for a century predominantly has been neither sectarian nor religious. But in the face of state collapse and widespread insecurity at family … Continue reading

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Ben Heineman on same-sex marriage rights

On DOMA, Real-World Arguments Could Sway the Supreme Court By Ben Heineman The Atlantic Monthly “After the Supreme Court hears oral argument in the two same-sex marriage cases next week, it could issue a momentous ruling that gay marriage is … Continue reading

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Juliette Kayyem on climate security

America’s Security, Under the Weather By Juliette Kayyem Boston Globe “President Obama’s trip to the Middle East last week served as a nagging reminder of the world’s most intractable problems: the Palestinian conflict, Iran, North Korea. These are geographically distant … Continue reading

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Graham Allison on China’s role in BRICS

China Doesn’t Belong in the BRICS By Graham Allison The Atlantic “When Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs coined the term 12 years ago, many expected that economic growth rates in India and Brazil would soon rival China’s. That remains O’Neill’s … Continue reading

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Calestous Juma on science and technology diplomacy

Forging New Diplomatic Bonds Through Science and Technology By Calestous Juma Technology and Policy “Science and technology are being increasingly recognized as central features in international diplomacy. Much of the attention, however, has focused on how major industrialized countries and … Continue reading

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Juliette Kayyem on lessons learned from Winter Storm Nemo

Snowstorm Will Provide a Blizzard of Lessons By Juliette Kayyem Boston Globe “The recovery is now in earnest for those still without power, for public transportation systems that closed during the height of the snowstorm, and for families who left … Continue reading

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Joseph Nye on the Arab information revolution

The Information Revolution Gets Political By Joseph Nye The Australian “The second anniversary of the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt was marked by riots in Tahrir Square that made many observers fear that their optimistic projections in 2011 had been dashed. Part … Continue reading

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Stephen Walt on the East Asia flashpoint

Good news: World War I is over and will not happen again By Stephen Walt Foreign Policy “It therefore pains me to have to take issue with Rachman’s recent column warning of rising tensions in East Asia, and all the … Continue reading

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Tolu Odumosu on technology and surveillance

Technological Somnambulism Revisited: Sleeping through the New Invisible Surveillance Technologies By Tolu Odumosu STS.Next.20 “My first appointment to see the sleep physician after six months of using the machine is when I discovered that my new medical device had been spying … Continue reading

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