Geopolitical Weekly

9/11 and the 9-Year War

What happened on Sept. 11, 2001, was an act of terrorism that was allowed to redefine U.S. grand strategy.

Rethinking American Options on Iran

Paradoxically, another round of war talk could be intended to convince the Iranians that war is distant and to cover up U.S.-Israeli preparations.

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, Again

The United States is both a major Palestinian National Authority funder and the most significant Israeli ally, and neither side is in a position to resist the call to talk. And so the talks begin.

Drought, Fire and Grain in Russia

Drought and wildfires damaging Russia's 2010 grain crop have given Moscow an opportunity to advance its foreign policy.

Arizona, Borderlands and U.S.-Mexican Relations

Arizona's new law on illegal immigration went into effect last week. The question of immigration should be seen as a subset of a range of issues between Mexico and the United States.

WikiLeaks and the Afghan War

Summaries and excerpts of tens of thousands of documents leaked to a website known as WikiLeaks do not reveal a new reality with regards to the Afghan war.


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