Why Saudi Arabia escalated the Middle East’s sectarian conflict

January 04, 2016

Marc Lynch authors Washington Post article on the implications of the Saudi escalation of Middle Eastern sectarian conflict.  

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Why Saudi Arabia escalated the Middle East’s sectarian conflict

January 04, 2016

Marc Lynch analyzes the current crisis in the Middle East after the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and the subsequent torching of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran.

The cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that's tearing apart the Middle East, explained

January 04, 2016

Marc Lynch explains how the supposedly ancient Sunni-Shia divide is in fact very modern and has implications for the Saudi-Iran conflict.

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Taiwan’s strong but stifled foundations of national power

January 01, 2016

Robert Sutter co-authors National Bureau of Asian Research special report examining the key factors of Taiwan's national power and drawing implications for cross-strait relations. 

US Presidential Candidates Want a Sunni Arab Coalition to Fight ISIS. They Need a Reality Check.

January 01, 2016

Elizabeth Saunders is quoted in Defense News article on the complicated reality of a Sunni Arab coalition. 

From reality trip to hologram phone calls, the future of mobile technology holds endless possibilities

January 01, 2016

Joel Kuipers is quoted in Irish Examiner article on the true effects of mobile technology on the nature of communication and attention in future generations.

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Was 2015 the end of America as a superpower?

December 31, 2015

Esther Brimmer discusses changes in the world order and America's place in the international system on the PBS NewsHour "Shortwave" podcast.

The best writing on political economy in 2015

December 31, 2015

David Shambaugh is honored for his Wall Street Journal article, "The Coming Chinese Crackup", in Washington Post article on this year's best writings on political economy. 

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Abu Aardvark’s 2015 Middle East Book Awards

December 31, 2015

Marc Lynch authors Washington Post article honoring the best Middle Eastern political science books he's read over the course of the year. 

'Comfort Women' Agreement Hailed as Breakthrough for Seoul, Tokyo

December 30, 2015

Gregg Brazinsky communicates his reservations about the new 'Comfort Women' Agreement in Voice of America article.


Capture of key complex at Ramadi could mark a strategic victory over Islamic State, but will it hold?

December 28, 2015

Stephen Biddle commented on a strategic victory for the Iraqi military and coalition forces who reclaimed the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State in the Los Angeles Times.

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2015: China’s year of diplomatic highs and domestic lows

December 27, 2015

David Shambaugh says China's confidence on the international stage stands in stark contrast to domestic economic instability and increased repression of dissent in a South China Morning Post opinion piece.

Who Owns the Moon?

December 25, 2015

Henry Hertzfeld explains the international system that governs ownership in space at TEDx Indiana University.

Defining And Defending Property Rights In Space

December 24, 2015

Henry Hertzfeld is quoted in Palisades Hudson Financial Group LLC piece regarding possible international resistance to the new law concerning ownership of celestial materials.

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Islamic Teachings for Flourishing Societies

December 23, 2015

Hossein Askari authors Huffington Post article on the positive effect Islamic teachings would have on the development of a prosperous society.