FPI Senior Policy Analyst Evan Moore shows how President Obama can work to advance democracy in Tunisia

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FPI's Tzvi Kahn provides a concise overview of the threat ISIS poses to the United States.

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FPI's William Kristol and Michael Makovsky explain why the Iran deal would strengthen Iran, lead to nuclear proliferation

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FPI Senior Policy Analyst Evan Moore examines the state of the Syrian conflict

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Overnight Brief

May 21, 2015

In observance of Memorial Day, the Overnight Brief will resume publication on Tuesday, May 26

US shifts Iraq focus to Anbar, rushes 1000 anti-tank rockets

WSJ editorial (sub): Losing in Iraq again

Obama + Essebsi, FPI’s Moore, and open letter on Tunisia

ISIS strengthens grip on Syrian city of Palmyra

China warns US surveillance plane in S. China Sea

Ukraine wants missile shield to protect against Russia

US, Cuba nearing deal to restore diplomatic ties

Lake: Israel fears Obama will stop hiding its nuclear secret

Dueck: The strategy of retrenchment and its consequences

POMED report on US funding for Mideast democracy programs


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Ellen Bork | May 18, 2015

ZEMITHANG, India — My friends and I had gone as far as we could toward the border with China. We were tracing, in reverse, the Dalai Lama’s path into India from Chinese-occupied Tibet in March 1959. We stopped in this village, on a rise in the road overlooking a river in the far western corner of India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, to look for anyone old enough to remember the Dalai Lama passing through on his way into exile.

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James Kirchick | May 14, 2015

Havana — I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector upon entering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately after clearing customs at José Marti International Airport, visitors line up for a security check. Anyone found carrying contraband — counterrevolutionary books, say, or a spare laptop that might be given to a Cuban citizen — could find himself susceptible to deportation.

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Robert Kagan | May 13, 2015

There are two things no serious candidate for the White House in 2016 can equivocate on: defense spending and the Trans-Pacific Partnership . Foreign policy and strategy are going to be front-and-center in the coming campaign. Few doubt that the world has become more dangerous, that the world order created by the United States, under both Democratic and Republican presidents, is fraying at the edges, and that America’s critical role as a leader in the international system is increasingly in doubt.


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