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    NATO Ministers Endorse McChrystal Afghanistan Strategy

    Robert Raffaele  As NATO troops engage Taliban insurgents throughout Afghanistan, the top commander’s recommendation for additional troops has earned a key endorsement. NATO defense ministers meeting in Slovakia, expressed “broad support” for their general’s plan.   “What we need is a much broader strategy which stabilizes the whole Afghan society,” said NATO Secretary General Anders…

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    Czech PM Backs New US Missile Defense Plan

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has secured the Czech Republic’s support for U.S. missile defense plans after winning the backing of fellow NATO allies Poland and Romania.   Biden met Friday with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, who said his country is ready to participate in the new plan.  Biden said Washington will send a high-level defense team…

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    UN backs Gaza war crimes report

    The UN human rights council has endorsed the Goldstone report on Israel’s war on Gaza, which accuses the military of using disproportionate force as well as laying charges of war crimes on Israeli occupation forces and Hamas. The council’s resolution adopting the report was passed in Geneva by 25 votes to six with 11 countries abstaining and five declining…

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    London denies UK Muslim spy charge

    The British government has denied that a programme for tackling religious extremism is used by its security agencies to spy on Muslim communities. In a statement released on Saturday, the Home Office said its $230m Preventing Violent Extremism strategy did not engage in covert intelligence-gathering on potential terrorists. “Any suggestion that Prevent is about spying…

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    Israel Condemns UN War Crimes Resolution

    Robert Berger Israel comdemns the United Nations Human Rights Council’s approval of the Goldstone Report which accuses Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas of war crimes during the Gaza conflict in January. Israel says the resolution is biased and one-sided, and the charges of war crimes are outrageous. “This diktat is phrased in very…

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    U.S. floated plan to withdraw fighter jets

    The U.S. government sounded out Japan in early April about pulling out all of the approximately 40 F-16 fighters from Misawa Air Base  in Aomori Prefecture, possibly beginning later this year, sources close to Japan-U.S. relations said Friday.   As part of the ongoing review of the U.S. defense strategy by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama,  the…

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    The Persistence of Nuclear Power

    Bruce Slawter Several noteworthy news analyses published over the last several weeks underscore the salient observation in my article that, while the debate over nuclear energy in the United States continues, a number of other nations—including those that either have previously foresworn nuclear power or have never pursued it—are taking realistic steps toward building reactors in order…

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    You Ain’t Seen Pirates Yet

    J. Peter Pham This week, the Russian Navy found the Arctic Sea, a timber freighter that mysteriously disappeared at the end of July after passing through the English Channel. The Maltese-registered, Russian-crewed ship ended up 300 miles off the coast of Cape Verde — a spectacular act of piracy and one of the first in…

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    Failing State

    Michael Sheehan, Karen Greenberg   U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced earlier this summer that the State Department will issue an inaugural “Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review,” or QDDR. Due out in its preliminary form this fall, the QDDR is modeled on the Defense Department’s “Quadrennial Defense Review” (QDR), the four-year planning exercise conducted…

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    Turkey: Ankara Wrestles with the Kurdish Issue

    Yigal Schleifer After decades of conflict and repressive policies, Turkish leaders appear to be taking concrete steps toward resolving the Kurdish issue. But analysts warn that domestic opposition and the lack of consultation with Kurds themselves could limit any plan’s chances for success. In recent months, Turkish leaders have sent strong signals that an initiative to…

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  • Outbidding in Times of Uncertainty – Post-conflict transitions and competitive violence.

    Large bombings, only days apart, in Bogota and Derry/Londonderry have put paid to any notions of a simple peace process in either country. These events show that the two very different conflicts display many of the same dynamics. Both countries have seen increasingly fragmented peace processes, with multiple non-state actors and intransient splinter groups vying…

  • The inherent dangers of secrecy in the US foreign policy

    Since the Vietnam War, officials of the United States have increasingly abused the essential democratic safeguards of accountability and an informed citizenry in apparent attempts to protect themselves from being held accountable for their actions. They use secrecy and disinformation to prevent the American people from obtaining the information they need to evaluate their government’s…

  • 18th Issue of Political Reflection Magazine is Out Now!

    Vol. V | No. I – January-February-March 2019 To Download the Magazine Click Here… CONTENTS 05-06…..World News by Furkan Sahin 09-14…..The Ideological Potential of Climate Change: (Post) Politics in the Age of Global Warming by Miguel Angel Zhan Dai 15-18…..Yemen Civil War: A Conflict That Has Never Ended by Dr. I. Aytac Kadioglu 21-25…..NATO: The Shifting Sands of an Alliance by…

  • CESRAN International Named again amongst the Top Think Tanks in the World

    CESRAN International is pleased to announce that it has been named again amongst the world’s best think tanks. The 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index ranked CESRAN International 141st among the World’s “Top Think Tanks in Western Europe” 76th among the World’s “Top Environment Policy Think Tanks” 152nd among the World’s “Top Foreign Policy…

  • New Issue is Out Now!

    Vol. IV | No. V – October-November-December 2018 To Download the Magazine Click Here… CONTENTS 04-06…..World News by Furkan Sahin  08-20…..Terrorism in Syria and Beyond: An Interview with Prof. Alain Gabon by Dr. Rahman Dag 22-24…..Erdogan’s Best Shot is Still in the West by Dr. Murat Ulgul 26-30…..Raqqa vs Kobani – Terrorism vs Revolution by Dr. Rahman Dag 32-34…..Future of…

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