E-Notes

E-Notes

FPRI’s E-Notes are regular bulletins covering topics in the news.  They are circulated by email to approximately 40,000 key individuals in over 85 countries around the world, and reach thousands more on our website.  For more information on how to begin receiving FPRI E-Notes by email, please contact Eli GIlman at egilman@fpri.org or (215) 732-3774 x255.

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Saudi Brinkmanship in the Syrian War

February 19, 2016 · Brandon Friedman

Prince Khaled bin Sultan Al Saud, the co-commander of coalition forces during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, argues in his 1995 biography Desert Warrior that Israel took its “bomb out of the basement” during the ...

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Parliament without Politics: The Effort to Consolidate Authoritarian Rule

February 19, 2016 · Ann M. Lesch

Introduction General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt’s ruler since July 2013, brooks no dissent. Having “saved” Egypt from the Muslim Brothers, he has ruled by decree in the absence of a parliament, supported by a handpicked ...

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Follyanna?

February 19, 2016 · Adam Garfinkle

Eleanor H. Porter’s 1913 classic, Pollyanna, bequeathed to the English language a new and concise term for oblivious, overweening optimism and its dangers. Barbara Tuchman’s flawed but popular 1984 book, The March of Folly, ...

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Why Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou’s Day-Trip to Taiping Island was Such a Big Deal

February 19, 2016 · Jacques deLisle

When Taiwan’s soon-to-step-down President Ma Ying-jeou made a pre-Lunar New Year’s visit to Itu Aba / Taiping Island in late January 2016, the international-lawyer-turned-president was reaffirming a long-standing claim that the Republic of China ...

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Structure, Strategy, and American Power: Insights from America’s Last Geopolitical Resurgence

February 19, 2016 · Hal Brands

1979 was a bad year for U.S. foreign policy. At home, the country was being battered by stagflation and the second oil shock, developments that raised fundamental questions about the economic underpinnings of American ...

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The Quiet Frenchman: Why François Hollande is Staying Silent on Brexit

February 19, 2016 · Andrew Glencross

European heads of state and government meet in Brussels 18-19 February 2016 to discuss the terms of a proposed renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU. The UK’s future hangs on these talks. Success ...

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Paradoxes of the Gray Zone

February 19, 2016 · Hal Brands

Gray, it seems, is the new black. The concept of “gray zone” conflict has generated significant attention and controversy recently, within both the U.S. government and the broader strategic studies community. Some analysts have ...

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Taiwan’s 2016 Elections and Cross-Strait Relations

February 19, 2016 · Jacques deLisle

When Taiwanese voters went to the polls on January 16, 2016, they did something that has become admirably routine in Taiwan’s robust democracy: mandating a change of the party in power and setting the ...

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Strategic Planning for the Next President, Part Two: Recommendations for the NSC Process

January 19, 2016 · Colin Dueck

This is the second in a series of three essays on the challenge of strategic foreign policy planning for the next administration. In Part One, I described problems with the national security decision-making process ...

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A Method to the Madness: The Logic of Russia’s Syrian Counterinsurgency Strategy

January 19, 2016 · John R. Haines

________________________________________ “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son.” -Elvis Presley _____________________________________ Asked about Russia’s Syrian intervention, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acerbically turned on President Vladimir Putin, whom he and others seem to ...

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