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Diplomatic Fallout

Having Tried Hope, Obama Turns to Fear to Reaffirm U.S. Power

In a 2009 U.N. speech, Barack Obama called hope the most powerful weapon in the world’s arsenal and argued for “the confidence that conflicts can end.” Five years on, Obama is fighting conflicts that refuse to end, and his most potent diplomatic weapon is not hope, but fear.


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Despite Saakashvili Prosecution, Georgia Moves West

Last month, Georgian prosecutors filed charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili for misallocating public funds while in office. While Saakashvili is strongly identified with Georgia’s pro-Western foreign policy, the new government in Tbilisi has only intensified this policy.


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The Politics of Advocacy: Setting and Vetting the Global Agenda

A U.N. conference this year on fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” raises the question: Why do some issues and not others attract global policy attention? This article explores the channels through which humanitarian concerns are guided from grassroots activism to the highest levels of the international political agenda.


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Zero Solutions: Challenges Mount for Erdogan's Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s shift from the prime ministership to the presidency symbolizes a deeper shift for Turkey. While Erdogan has made progress towards peace with the Kurdish minority, he faces criticism for an increasingly autocratic ruling style, and Turkey’s international relations are under strain.