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U.S. soldiers participate in a training mission with Iraqi army soldiers outside Baghdad, Iraq, May 27, 2015 (AP photo by Khalid Mohammed).
Strategic Horizons

Emerging Neo-Feudal World Leaving U.S., Global Security Behind

By Steven Metz
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If it manages to survive its fight against the Islamic State intact, Iraq will end up with a titular national government in the capital while regional potentates actually run the place. But Iraq is not the only country headed in this direction. In fact, the world is seeing the re-emergence of feudalism. more


World Citizen

For Israel, No Good Outcomes in Syria’s War

By Frida Ghitis
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Despite Israel and Syria’s continuing enmity, their border has been calm for decades. In the past few years, however, the region’s strategic landscape has changed drastically, particularly with regard to Syria’s civil war. For Israel, that has introduced an extremely complicated security dilemma. more

Strategic Horizons

For Hint of Iraq’s Future, Take Another Look at Vietnam War

By Steven Metz
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Although it was common to hear ominous warnings of “another Vietnam” as Iraq devolved into insurgency in 2004, many soon concluded that the Vietnam analogy did not apply to Iraq. But Iraq’s unraveling over the past year suggests the Vietnam conflict may provide indications of Iraq’s future after all. more

World Citizen

BRICS Still Have a Long Way to Go From Grouping to Alliance

By Frida Ghitis
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Ever since the BRICS grouping was coined in 2001, its members have been trying to transform their snappy acronym into a global player. And nobody has promoted that ambition more enthusiastically than Vladimir Putin. The problem is that not all BRICS members share his antipathy toward the West. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Can Putin Rebrand Russia as Stabilizing Force in Ukraine, Syria?

By Richard Gowan
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Vladimir Putin looked a little isolated on May 9, when world leaders largely stayed away from Moscow’s parade commemorating the end of World War II. But since then, Angela Merkel has gone to Moscow for talks, and John Kerry has visited Putin in Sochi. Putin may not be globally popular, but he is no pariah. more

Strategic Horizons

Robotic Revolution Opens New Front for Homeland Security

By Steven Metz
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The growing interest in robots among the world’s militaries has potential dangers, among them that autonomous “killer robots” might someday be used against humans. While this certainly deserves concern and attention, there is an even greater risk: the adoption of robots by “dark organizations.” more

World Citizen

Camp David Summit Is U.S. Debut for Rising Saudi Prince

By Frida Ghitis
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Among the many challenges facing President Barack Obama and U.S. officials meeting with Gulf Arab leaders this week, one has abruptly climbed to near the top of the agenda: taking the measure of the rising star of the Saudi firmament, King Salman’s son Prince Mohammed bin Salman. more