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Deciphering China’s Mixed Signals

Jan 29, 2015
During recent speeches, high-level Chinese officials delivered seemingly contradictory messages about China’s intentions as a world power. Does China intend to challenge the current world order or does it simply want to play its role within the current structure?

A Victory in Kobani?

Jan 27, 2015
"Despite two thousand airstrikes by American, European, and Arab warplanes since August 8th, the Islamic State has lost only one per cent of the land it seized in Iraq, and it continues to expand in Syria," writes Robin Wright.

Yemen on the Brink: As Houthis Rise, The State Unravels

Jan 09, 2015
"The fight for the unity of Yemen will be both a struggle for the survival of the present Yemeni state and a battle over control of resources," writes Senior Scholar Amal Mudallali.
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The Most Underreported News Stories of 2014

Jan 08, 2015
Every year there are major events around the world that fly under the mainstream media’s radar despite their seminal impact. Four Wilson Center scholars who are also leading journalists from some of the world’s largest media organizations tell us what they consider to be the most underreported news stories of 2014.

What You Won’t Hear in Afghanistan in 2015

Jan 07, 2015
"In the coming year, all eyes will be on Afghanistan’s fragile national unity government as it confronts a ferocious insurgency and a floundering economy — and with significantly less international support than it enjoyed in previous years," writes Michael Kugelman.

Obama’s 3 Must-Do Issues in Mideast in 2015

Jan 05, 2015
President Barack Obama may be entering the lame-duck phase on domestic policy, but 2015 could be a defining year for his foreign policy. Here are three urgent tasks in the Middle East according to Robin Wright.

The Arab Spring in 2015: RIP?

Jan 02, 2015
"After four years of the phenomenon once optimistically dubbed the Arab Spring, the changes that have roiled those lands seem to have validated Robert Penn Warren’s quip that history, like nature, rarely jumps–and when it does, it usually jumps backward," writes Aaron David Miller.

Underplayed Conflicts of 2014

Dec 31, 2014
"As I looked through annual rundowns of the Big Stories of 2014, I found three types of conflicts that were not on many lists but should be. Each, for different reasons, represents a trend worth paying attention to," writes Robin Wright.

The Optimist's Year

Dec 30, 2014
Here are five reasons positive change could come to the Middle East in 2015 according to Aaron David Miller.
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Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Dec 23, 2014
Can the U.S. agree upon and implement a new grand strategy for the 21st Century? And how would it be different from the strategy that served to focus the nation’s foreign policy during the Cold War? In his challenging new book, Barry Posen suggests that “restraint” can serve as the centerpiece of a new American grand strategy. He provides details in this addition of CONTEXT.

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