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Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters regain control of the northern neighborhoods, after overnight heavy clashes with Islamic State group militants, Ramadi, Iraq, April 23, 2015 (AP photo).
Strategic Horizons

Obama’s Islamic State Strategy Avoids Failure—but Also Success

By Steven Metz
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When U.S. President Barack Obama announced his strategy for countering the so-called Islamic State last September, it was met with an immediate volley of criticism. Though much of this was fueled by partisanship, even when graded by its own objectives, the Obama strategy has had mixed results. more

Global Insights

U.S. Seeks to Reassure Japan, South Korea on Asia Pivot

By Richard Weitz
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Ashton Carter recently concluded his first visit to East Asia since becoming U.S. secretary of defense. His discussions in Japan and South Korea signaled that he has quickly become a pivotal player in the administration’s policy of “rebalancing” U.S. strategic priorities toward the region. more

World Citizen

U.S. Frets as Key Allies Flock to Join China’s AIIB

By Frida Ghitis
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The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has become a source of friction not only between the U.S. and China, but also between Washington and its top allies. One by one, major U.S. partners have decided to defy Washington’s wishes and join the AIIB. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Putting Need Before Geopolitics on Post-MDG Development Agenda

By Sarah Hearn
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International aid is failing the poorest countries because it is not always going where it is needed most. The reasons are primarily geopolitical: A disproportionate amount of aid has gone to nation-building plans for Afghanistan and Iraq, instead of preventing crisis in other fragile countries. more

Strategic Horizons

Iran Deal Opponents Have Forgotten the Logic of Arms Control

By Steven Metz
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Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a diplomatic framework designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. But after several decades with no major arms control agreements, the American public and its elected representatives no longer understand the complex logic of arms control. more