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Why Iraq is not a new Vietnam

It was fashionable in 2007 to label the Iraq War as the next Vietnam. It was easy to draw parallels – weak local allies, a post-invasion quagmire, insurgency, inability to win the “hearts and minds” led pundits to declare the Iraq War as ‘Vietnam 2.0.’ With a major crisis unfolding in the past week, it […]

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Ukraine crisis forces US to keep military in Europe

The United States must work with a politically divided Europe to face down Russia. The Ukrainian crisis will force the US to keep a strong presence despite the wish to scale down and focus on its shift towards Asia. The US Army’s current presence in Europe is approximately 30,000 troops, mainly the 2nd Cavalry in […]

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US Decline Series: US shows long-term commitment to Asia-Pacific security

While rising tensions have provoked concern over the United States’ status as the region’s security guarantor, the Pacific Power is not going anywhere. This GRI series challenges the myth of the American decline. In May, a confrontation arose between China and Vietnam over the deployment of a Chinese naval rig in disputed waters. While this event […]

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Iran-U.S. relations improving despite nomination setback

Iran-U.S. relations turned especially reactive in April 2014. But buried beneath the tough rhetoric and diplomatic posturing are indications of long-term potential for improved relations. After this tumultuous month of diplomacy, the casual observer of Tehran-Washington relations can be forgiven for having a pessimistic outlook. What should have been a month of increased partnership and confidence-building […]

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Ukraine crisis makes Russia look East

After Western leaders talked last week about penalizing Russia further, President Vladimir Putin asked for a diplomatic resolution on the Ukraine crisis. Yet, a Russian move towards ‘Eastern allies’ is still on the table. In his speech in Brussels on March 26, US President Barack Obama stressed the need for “deeper sanctions” against Russia, should President Vladimir Putin attempt to move […]

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Why Stan Fischer’s next job matters for global financial stability

The US Federal Reserve is getting a new face: Stan Fischer will likely become the body’s new vice chairman. All eyes are on where he stands on the Fed’s increasingly regulatory role. Last month, US President Obama nominated Stan Fischer for the vice chairman position at one of the world’s most influential financial regulatory policy bodies: […]

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4 numbers tell the story of U.S. immigration reform

Just behind the rhetoric of the debate, the numbers show what a massive undertaking immigration reform is. With the budget and debt ceiling having been dealt with already this year, immigration reform is the biggest issue on the U.S. Congress’s plate right now. The debate has been slowly and steadily moving along for over a […]

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Cuba’s reforms need more power to attract investment

Cuba has undergone reforms during Raul Castro’s presidency, but they continue to progress slowly and lack substance. Still, the atmosphere is right for Cuba to make some improvements to its foreign relations, which could help its economy. In 2006 when President Fidel Castro stepped down due to poor health, his brother Raul energetically took the […]

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Oil glut could pose risk for U.S. shale oil revolution

With oil production reaching a historic peak, the U.S. may have to reconsider its 40-year-old ban on oil exports. The year 2014 could pose a milestone for the U.S. oil industry. In its latest annual World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency predicted that the U.S. would become the world’s largest producer of oil by […]

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Growing US security presence in Africa allows safer investments

Recent years have seen an increased US presence in Africa, a presence marked by its distinctly military component. Due to the economic rise of sub-Saharan Africa, but also due to geopolitical considerations and the threat of terrorist groups, this US ‘step towards Africa’ is a positive development for growing investment in the continent. Recent news […]

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