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Libyan representative at the Arab League Ashour Abu-Rashed attends an emergency representatives meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 5, 2015 (AP photo by Amr Nabil).
Diplomatic Fallout

Will Libya, Nigeria Trigger Nation-Building’s Comeback in 2015?

By Richard Gowan
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Is nation-building about to make a comeback? Two weeks ago, I predicted that 2015 could see the deployment of large-scale international stabilization forces in four trouble spots. The prospects for operations in at least two of these cases, Libya and Nigeria, have risen since then. more


Global Insights

In State of the Union, Obama Should Not Forget Asia

By Richard Weitz
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What little time U.S. President Barack Obama devotes to foreign policy issues in tonight’s State of the Union speech will probably focus on the Middle East, Russia and Cuba. While these are important, Obama’s ability to leave behind a major foreign policy legacy is probably greatest in the Asia-Pacific region. more

Strategic Horizons

The Paris Attacks and the Logic of Insurgency

By Steven Metz
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To understand last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris first requires understanding the core logic of insurgency. Because insurgents are weaker than the government, they need help from the other side, even if it is unintentional. Whoever planned the Paris attacks is counting on this. more

World Citizen

In Bitter Irony, Jihadi Women Serve as Useful Propaganda

By Frida Ghitis
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When French officials announced they were searching for a woman as an accomplice in the attacks on a Jewish grocery store in Paris, many shook their heads. How was it possible that a woman born and raised in the West could be committed to an extremist ideology that is hostile to women? more

The Realist Prism

With No-Show in Paris, Obama Remains in Reactive Mode

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The Obama administration’s failure to send a high-level representative to the Paris unity march is being described by some as a gaffe. The decision process on this issue suggests that the administration remains in reactive mode, sticking to established plans rather than adapting to new circumstances. more

Global Insights

Calling Russia’s Bluff on Iran Nuclear Talks

By Richard Weitz
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Despite fears to the contrary, a meeting yesterday between high-level Russian and Iranian officials produced no shift in Russia’s stance on Iran’s nuclear program. The lack of drama is yet another welcome sign that Russian threats to abandon the U.S. on the Iranian nuclear issue are mostly bluff. more

Strategic Horizons

U.S. Deterrent Not Up to Today’s Complex Security Environment

By Steven Metz
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When the Soviet Union fielded nuclear weapons during the opening years of the Cold War, deterrence quickly became the centerpiece of U.S. military strategy. But the current confrontation with Russia underscores the limitations of the old notion of deterrence in today’s security environment. more