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Chadian soldiers collect weapons seized from Boko Haram fighters, Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Diplomatic Fallout

Nigeria, Yemen Wars Mark New Era of Ad Hoc Crisis Management

By Richard Gowan
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War is back in fashion. Across northern and western Africa and in the Middle East, governments are resorting to force to counter regional threats. This proliferation of regional military actions potentially signals a trend toward an increasing fragmentation of international crisis management. more


World Citizen

Venezuela Sanctions Undo Gains of U.S. Policy of Restraint

By Frida Ghitis
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Venezuela is one country where U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama had struck the right tone—until a few weeks ago. The Obama administration has issued an executive order targeting top Venezuelan officials for sanctions, playing directly into President Nicolas Maduro’s hands. more

Global Insights

Spoilers Emerge as Iran Nuclear Talks Reach Delicate Endgame

By Richard Weitz
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With the deadline for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program fast approaching, critical players have been expressing opposition to a deal they perceive as too lenient. In this context, the role played by Russia and China in the negotiations could prove critical for the success of any deal. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Can the U.N. Deliver for Obama on Iran, Israel-Palestine Deals?

By Richard Gowan
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Barack Obama’s influence on the future of U.S. foreign policy is shrinking as he nears the end of his presidency. But he might use his leverage over U.N. diplomacy to push through deals on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. If he does, the U.N. could struggle to deliver. more

Strategic Horizons

Contrasting Strategic Cultures Drive U.S.-Israel Split on Iran

By Steven Metz
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Unlike Israel, the United States has far-ranging, interconnected global concerns and a uniquely idealistic strategic culture. How the U.S. deals with Iran reverberates outside the Middle East, and done badly, it might advance Israel’s security while degrading American interests elsewhere in the world. more

The Realist Prism

U.S. and West Should Not Count Russia’s Putin Out Just Yet

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The crisis in Ukraine and the political situation in Russia look dramatically different when viewed through the prism of Chinese media. The appeal of the Chinese version of events could help explain why U.S. efforts to marginalize Russian President Vladimir Putin on the world stage have met with little success. more

Diplomatic Fallout

U.S. to Europe: Don’t Go Soft on American-Led Global Order

By Richard Gowan
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The U.S. sent its European allies some stern signals about their obligations to the American-led international order last week. The criticisms revealed a deeper concern about challenges to U.S. leadership in the international system—and Europe’s commitment to sustaining American primacy. more