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News, opinion, and analysis from some of the world’s most prominent think tanks We are on hiatus. While we are still dedicated to aggregating, synthesizing and producing high-quality foreign policy-related materials, work and personal obligations have left us unable to continue updating … Continue reading

01. April 2015 by Will Houstoun
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Replacing Hard Power With Soft Power: The U.S.’ New Approach to East Asia

March 9, 2015 Speakers: Claudia Rosett, Journalist-in-Residence, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Shihoko Goto, Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Woodrow Wilson Center Since the end of World War II, U.S. engagement in East Asia has been largely defined by … Continue reading

09. March 2015 by Will Houstoun
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Yemen’s Houthi Takeover: Where is the Country Heading?

February 10, 2015 Host: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Speakers: Ms. Nadwa Al-Dawsari, Executive Director, Sheba Center for International Development Ms. Laura Kasinof, Author of Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen While many media … Continue reading

12. February 2015 by Will Houstoun
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NATO’s Challenge: Maintaining a Tactical Advantage in a Rapidly Changing Security Landscape

January 30, 2015 Host: Center for a New American Security Speakers: General Jean-Paul Palomeros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO Honorable Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense While the past decade has been largely defined by sustained … Continue reading

30. January 2015 by Will Houstoun
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Myanmar: Creating Economic Opportunity in a Nexus of Political and Social Upheaval

January 23, 2015  Host: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Speaker: Stephen P. Groff, Vice President, Asian Development Bank Endowed with a wealth of natural resources, surrounded by affluent neighbors, and now emerging from political and economic isolation, Myanmar (also known … Continue reading

23. January 2015 by Will Houstoun
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The Global Energy Landscape in 2015

January 8, 2015 Host: The Atlantic Council Speaker: Amos Hochstein, Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State For the past several months, since October of 2014, global oil prices have been plummeting. With crude oil now trading at … Continue reading

09. January 2015 by Will Houstoun
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Exploiting Historical Tensions and Highlighting Sectarian Divisions: ISIS’ Role in the Sunni-Shi’a Conflict

December 16, 2014 Host: The Stimson Center Speakers: Mr. Joseph Bahout, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Mr. Omar Al-Nidawi, Director for Iraq, Ggryphon Partners LLC When the Arab Spring began in 2011, leaders around the world hoped that … Continue reading

17. December 2014 by Will Houstoun
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The Product of Nuclear Negotiations

November 20, 2014 Host: The Hudson Institute Speakers: Mr. David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security Dr. Hillel Fradkin, Director, Center on Islam Dr. Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations On November 24 a year-long negotiating … Continue reading

21. November 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Beyond Negotiations: the Cost of Unilateralism in Israel & Palestine

November 18, 2014 Host: The Brookings Institution Speakers: Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director, Center for Middle East Policy Dr. Natan Sachs, Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy Mr. Khaled Elgindy, Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy This past summer, a … Continue reading

19. November 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Establishing New Norms for a New Generation: Prospects for Afghanistan’s Coalition Government

November 14, 2014 Host: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Speaker: Mr. William Maley, Foundation Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy In little more than a decades time, the social framework and culture of Afghanistan has changed. Large sums of international investment … Continue reading

14. November 2014 by Will Houstoun
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