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U.S. Foreign Policy in 2014

U.S. Foreign Policy in 2014

President Barack Obama gave the State of the Union address on January 28th, during which he laid out US foreign policy in 2014. Here are the top ten foreign policy takeaways.

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Weekly Roundup: Jan. 21-24

Weekly Roundup: Jan. 21-24

This week in the headlines: 

  • Syrian Government and Opposition Agree to Meet at Geneva
  • Cairo Rocked by Deadly Bombings, Fears of Islamist Insurgency Mount
  • Israel Begins Construction on New Settlements in West Bank
  • Tunisian National Assembly Approves New Constitution
  • Violence in Iraq Forces 140,000 Civilians to Flee

(Photo: Oxfamnovib | Flickr)

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In Egypt, Cutting the Nose in Spite of the Face

In Egypt, Cutting the Nose in Spite of the Face

Although the swift rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt over the last year and a half has been fraught with protests, counter-protests, and violent confrontation,  both supporters and opponents of the Islamist organization realize that the group provides an important array of services to the less fortunate in Egypt.

(Photo: Fourthfloor | Flickr)

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Weekend Roundup: Jan. 18-21

Weekend Roundup: Jan. 18-21

In this weekend's roundup:

  • U.N. Rescinds Iran Invitation to Syria Conference
  • Syrian Defector Reveals Graphic Images of Detainees in al-Assad’s Prison Camps
  • Iran Limits Nuclear Activity in Accordance with P5 + 1 Deal
  • UAE Convicts 30 of Organizing Illegal Muslim Brotherhood Branch
  • Egyptian Supporters of al-Sisi Urge a Presidential Run
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You’re invited but your friend can’t come: Iran and Geneva II

You’re invited but your friend can’t come: Iran and Geneva II

The successful American attempt to prohibit Iranian participation at the Geneva II peace talks on the Syrian crisis is a mistake.  By excluding Iran, the United States action ignores the traditional political behavior of the ethnic and religious communities in the Levant and thus significantly decreases the chances of achieving tangible results in Geneva.

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