FPI Board Member Eric Edelman examines where the Iran nuclear talks are going after their second extension

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FPI's Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyh urge a new US strategy to threaten Iran's standing in the Mideast

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FPI Board Member Robert Kagan examines the history of democracy promotion in the Journal of Democracy.

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FPI Policy Director David Adesnik examines "How much is enough?" when it comes to defense spending

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Overnight Brief

January 27, 2015

CIA mission to arm Syria rebels goes awry, Obama cuts funds

US, India share sense of unease over China

WaPo, Sen. Portman, Gershman + Michta on Ukraine

FPI’s Thoburn + Barbashin on Putin’s year of miscalculations

Senate speeding toward Iran sanctions showdown

ICYMI: FPI suggested questions for Iran sanctions hearing

Dozier: Former DIA head unloads on Obama’s ISIS war plan

Photos show China’s military build-up on island near Senkakus

Lynch: White House fights over the slaughter in South Sudan


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Hannah Thoburn | January 25, 2015

By FPI Eurasia Analyst Hannah Thoburn and Anton Barbashin

It was supposed to have been a “year of victories” for Russia. Only twelve months ago, Russia was concluding preparations for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, an expensive, flashy and colorful production designed to prove that Russia, led by the pugnacious Vladimir Putin, was back, fully developed, and ready to claim its place as one of the world’s most influential powers.

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James Kirchick | January 25, 2015

By FPI Fellow James Kirchick and Shane Harris

Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.

The Daily Beast has learned that the proposal was floated in July 2014 to the then-U.S. ambassador in Qatar by an individual acting on behalf of that country’s attorney general.

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Ellen Bork | January 23, 2015

In the wake of the Paris murders of cartoonists, police, and Jews by gunmen claiming to act in the name of Islam, remarks by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi have drawn praise and suggestions he be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On January 2nd, a few days before the attacks, Sisi called on Muslim scholars at Al Azhar University to lead a “religious revolution,”


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