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Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted June 4, 2010 | 06/04/10 02:24 PM ET

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs

Israel and the Ill-fated Flotilla
9 people were killed and scores wounded when the Israeli Navy stormed the "Freedom Flotilla" led by the pro Palestinian Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish NGO Insani Yardim Vakfi. Hundreds...

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Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted May 28, 2010 | 05/28/10 08:06 PM ET

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Increasing Tension in the Korean Peninsula

Tension in the Korean Peninsula seems to escalate by the minute. The fallout from Seoul's formal accusation of Pyongyang for the sinking of its warship last month started with Seoul greatly curbing...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted May 21, 2010 | 05/21/10 11:34 AM ET

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Iran in the Hotseat
Diplomatic jousting between Washington and Tehran over Iran's rogue nuclear program took many turns this week. First, Brazil and Turkey negotiated with Tehran a watered down version of a previously reached but eventually abandoned agreement for...

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Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted May 14, 2010 | 05/14/10 07:34 PM ET

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs:
As the world focuses on the UK elections, the European bailout and its faltering southern economies and financial regulation reform efforts in the West, other political crises continued to brew.

Waiting in the Wings

Iran...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted April 30, 2010 | 04/30/10 07:41 PM ET

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Financial Mishaps
It was a week of tense financial news from Washington to Athens. In the American Capitol, members of Congress grilled Goldman Sachs executives over their controversial mortgage derivative trading activities and new documents...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted April 23, 2010 | 04/23/10 07:16 PM ET

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Offensive Against Iran Continues -- The multifaceted campaign against Iran's nuclear program continued this week. U.S. Secretary of State Clinton made continued appeals for international solidarity against Iran, stating that

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted April 17, 2010 | 04/17/10 02:05 PM ET

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U.S. President Obama hosted a 47-nation summit aimed at reducing the risks of nuclear terrorism, whether the terrorism be state sponsored (by Iran or North Korea for example) or perpetrated by non-state actors. The main goal was...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted April 9, 2010 | 04/09/10 08:14 PM ET

Finally, a New START (and a possible end to the international stalemate over Iran)?

After many years of failed attempts to renew an expiring Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) agreement, and in a reversal of a growing trend in antipathy in US-Russia relations, President Obama and Russian President...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted February 26, 2010 | 02/26/10 06:16 PM ET

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Goodluck, Nigeria
President Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigeria's ill ruler, returned home from Saudi Arabia this week. He had been away for 3 months with no known official contact to the newly appointed and acting president, Goodluck...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted February 19, 2010 | 02/19/10 06:03 PM ET

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Washington-Damascus Talks
Perhaps the most significant piece of news for international diplomacy this week came from Syria, where President Bashar Assad met with senior US diplomat William Burns. The meeting took place one day after US President...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted February 12, 2010 | 02/12/10 06:34 PM ET

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Iran Ramps it Up
This week, on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government announced that it had begun nuclear enrichment at a higher level of 20% purity, getting...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted February 5, 2010 | 02/05/10 05:18 PM ET

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Peace Prevails in Ireland
A last minute peace deal is reached in Northern Ireland to peacefully devolve London control of Northern Ireland's police and judicial system to Belfast while changing the oversight of loyalist militias and parades. Growing...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted January 29, 2010 | 01/29/10 06:00 PM ET

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Desperate or Deliberate Moves from North Korea?
Behind the bells and whistles of US President Barack Obama's State of the Union where the US President claimed that sanctions are working against North Korea, the international pariah state continued...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted January 22, 2010 | 01/22/10 03:45 PM ET

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Nigerian Violence and Leadership Crisis
Army and police roadblocks were deployed throughout northern Nigeria to curb the spread of sectarian violence from the region of Jos where as many as 400 people have been killed in fighting between...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted January 15, 2010 | 01/15/10 03:35 PM ET

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Haiti's Devastation
SI Anlysis: A 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti and tens of thousands are feared dead. Countries and aid organizations rushed to provide emergency relief. The UN peacekeeping mission there suffered horrible...
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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted January 8, 2010 | 01/08/10 03:36 PM ET

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The State of Yemen

SI Analysis: In light of recent international scrutiny following the thwarted Christmas bomb attempt on the Detroit-bound Northwest flight, every one -- from the US, UK and Saudi governments...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted January 1, 2010 | 01/01/10 05:05 PM ET

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Iran Rallies, Counter-Rallies, and a Deadline Passed

This week saw the continuation of another wave of mass protests throughout Iran partly stemming from the death of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a well-known critic of current government policies, and...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted December 18, 2009 | 12/18/09 05:11 PM ET

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End of START and A New Beginning for Disarmament
SI Analysis: An agreement on a follow-up treaty to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) -- that expired on December 5th -- seemed close at hand according to...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted December 11, 2009 | 12/11/09 05:42 PM ET

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs:

Copenhagen
SI Analysis: Representatives from 192 countries convene in Copenhagen for the UN climate conference hoping to reach a deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. Many countries, including the US and China, made commitments...

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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Posted December 4, 2009 | 12/04/09 11:55 AM ET

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A New Strategy for Afghanistan
SI Analysis: US President Obama announces a new strategy for Afghanistan that focuses on a reinforcement of counter-insurgency actions in the south, stabilization of urban centers,

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