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A Constitutional Republic’s Götterdämmerung
Source:  © 2015
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The judiciary of the United
States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under
ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. – Thomas Jefferson, in a le...

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Between Switzerland and Salazar: Rethinking American Foreign Policy
If American foreign policy lacks anything, it is imagination. When
2016 presidential contenders speak about the rest of the world, their
rhetoric is often superficial and predictable. It seems the country’s
strategic thinking is succumbing to a creeping ...

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The Union of South Africa and Unity in the Middle East
Source: Geoffrey Gaudreault, NPR South Africa - The Perils of Forced Union On May 31, 1902, Lord Kitchener, second-in-command of British forces operating in South Africa, met with Boer delegates to negotiate terms for an end to the Second Boer War. The Boer...

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Yom HaShoah - Remembering the Holocaust


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The Lessons of Suez (1956) applied to Tehran (2015)
The Egyptian Canal Three men
gathered in a villa on the outskirts of a prominent European capital to solve
an increasingly intractable problem. Domestic pressure for decisive action had
been building against a regime whose recent initiative posed a direct e...

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The West Has Boris Nemtsov's Blood on its Hands
March in honor of Boris Nemtsov (2015) (Photograph ©   Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images) Introduction   "I swear to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of the individual and the citizen . . . follow and defend the Constitution of the Russian Federation"...

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Obama's speech in Warsaw - Russia as Europe's antagonizing "other"
Obama's speech - Russia is not a European state U.S.
President Barack Obama gave a speech in Warsaw, Poland yesterday and painted a portrait of contemporary Europe which holds profound significance.
In effect, Obama proclaimed that Russia and Europe are two...

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The Price of Intervention: What the U.S. Should Demand from the Wider Middle East in Exchange for Destroying ISIS
A Yalta Conference for a Post-ISIS Middle East Seventy years ago this month, the leaders of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union gathered at the Crimean resort city of Yalta to plan the international order in the aftermath of Nazi Germany's defea...
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