Monthly Archives: March 2014

Fears Unfounded: Russia and Narva

With Putin’s recent encouragement of Crimean independence and subsequent unification with the Russian mainland, some fear that the annexation of Crimea may have been just the first in a number of “territorial rectifications.” In particular, analysts point to Eastern Estonia … Continue reading

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Three Years of Protest: Bahrain Today

Inspired by democratic protests among their Arab neighbors, the people of Kingdom of Bahrain rose up against the governing al-Khalifa family, who have ruled the tiny Gulf country for over 200 years. In February 2011, the Shi’a majority went to … Continue reading

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Hezbollah: Soul-Seeking

Hezbollah, “the Party of God,” was created for a very clear purpose—the rejection of Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon. Over the last 30 years, Hezbollah has fought two wars with the Israelis, and continues to stockpile advanced weaponry in preparation … Continue reading

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Russia and Crimea: International Law and Sovereignty

When Barack Obama characterized Russia’s behavior as a “violation of international law,” his words were not strictly true. Obama was referring to the official United States policy that Russia’s military intervention and protectionist presence within the Crimea region transgressed the … Continue reading

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