The Chinese Central Committee and the People’s Liberation Army Face Off

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Dec. 31, 2015 Sources in China are reporting increased tension between the Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army.

Thinking About the American Presidency

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Dec. 30, 2015 To understand the American political system, it is important to grasp how little power the American president has at his disposal.

The State of Islamic State

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Dec. 29, 2015 Without knowing the details of the Islamic State’s activities in the weeks and days before the Kurdish-led alliance took the Tishrin Dam in Syria, it isn’t clear whether this was a major defeat or even preparation by IS for a new offensive elsewhere.

Understanding Our Geopolitical Model

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Dec. 28, 2015 The quiet of the past few days gives us an opportunity to explain how we decide whether or not an event is important.

Russia-Taliban Talks

The Azerbaijan Question Re-emerges

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Dec. 24, 2015 Relations between Azerbaijan and the U.S. have recently deteriorated, which could have an impact on American interests in the Middle East and Russia.