Events in Egypt. To Be Continued…

The unfolding events in Egypt have given rise to wide-reaching punditry and speculation about what each and every movement means.  And such is the reality of the information age. Regardless of how quickly information is made available through the internet, individual movements in and
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What Can We Learn?

The election that resulted in the historic win for Aung San Suu Kyi, marks a significant shift in the political future for Myanmar.  Also known as Burma, this country has signaled a willingness to embrace a democratic reform at such a pace that can only be called breathtaking. Suu Kyi
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Afghanistan good’nuf

There has been a phrase in use in Afghanistan for several years now.  This phrase captures the stated objectives for the overall mission.  This phrase represents the real objective, over and against the publicly stated objectives.  The phrase is “Afghanistan good enough“. 
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Enemies or Competitors?

During the Chinese Vice-President’s visit to the United States the bi-lateral relationship did not appear to be fractured or at risk of flaring in to open conflict.  In fact, it did appear that Vice-President Xi had established a warm and genuine relationship with his counterpar
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Deadly Veto

The vote at the United Nations this weekend reveals old fault lines from the Cold War period.  While the Syrian people will pay the price of realpolitik, there is no doubt that a multipolar world will require greater deftness on the part of the United States and its allies. Even with
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Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia-the Middle East Triangle

The Middle East is a complex arrangement of nation-states with different identities and religious expressions.  Directly impacting the cultural complexities is the reality of geo-strategic interest.  At the start of 2012, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are central to the growing tensio
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What is going on with Iran?

During the holiday slow-down at the end of 2011 I was asked many times, “What is going on with Iran?” Well, that is a complex question;one that requires a long answer. Iran is playing the geo-strategic board game of posturing and positioning. Hard-liners within the governm
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The Intrigue of Kepler-22b

Why do we care about a new planet? NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered more than 1,000 new planets that fall within the range of a “habitable zone“, but 22b looks most promising. This planet is 2.4 times the radius of Earth and the enduring question is, “Could
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It’s not like fast food, folks!

The noise in the media about the Egyptian unrest this week provides a moment for historical context. In France free elections led to Napoleon’s rise for nearly two decades, a disastrous war and consequential bloody massacres. France underwent the organic process toward democracy
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The Answer is “D”

I was talking with a gentleman from Iran the other day. His perspective was necessarily informed by his experiences in Iran. His take on the Arab Spring was that it was a coup for Al Qaeda. He said, “Al Qaeda will become the power in the Arab states now.” I disagreed with
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