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Oil pumps work at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, Oct. 14, 2014 (AP photo by Hasan Jamali).
World Citizen

As Oil Prices Drop, Some Seek Hidden Hands Behind Market Forces

By Frida Ghitis
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The recent precipitous drop in global oil prices has generated a flurry of conspiracy theories. While it is possible the U.S. and Saudi Arabia worked together to flood the market and weaken regimes like Russia, Iran and Venezuela, there are more obvious economic explanations. more

Strategic Horizons

The U.S. Army Makes Its Case for Post-COIN Relevance

By Steven Metz
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Since the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan counterinsurgencies, the U.S. Army has struggled to reinvent itself and preserve its force structure. This week it released a new roadmap intended to explain its value in the tumultuous and complex security environment that the U.S. faces. more

The Realist Prism

For U.S., Middle East ‘Moderates’ a Fool’s Errand

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The elusive unicorns wandering the forests of America’s Middle East policy are the so-called moderates who will battle the extremists on behalf of the West. There is a touching faith in the existence of these moderates. However, finding them has proved to be an impossible challenge. more