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July 07, 2013
One More 'Hooligan' Behind Bars In Azerbaijan
The real crime in a growing number of cases in Azerbaijan is not hooliganism or any of the other accusations but criticism of the ruling regime, argues Rebecca Vincent. People are serving serious jail time in Azerbaijan for simply disagreeing with the government.
February 17, 2013
After The Afghan Pullout, The Dangers For Central Asia
As the United States and NATO prepare to pull out of Afghanistan there is a risk that terrorists and narcotics from that country will flow northward and increasingly jeopardize the Central Asian region, which is already weakened by corruption, despotism, and ethnic and water tensions.
November 28, 2012
Commentary: The Femen Effect On Feminism
Four years and a new office in Paris later, the Ukrainian activist group Femen, which professes to use “sextremism” to fight against patriarchy as manifested by dictatorship, the church, and the sex industry, more closely resembles a girlie show. More flash than substance.
November 15, 2012
Commentary: Why Policy Forums Should Be Held In Authoritarian States
Unlike fully authoritarian regimes like Uzbekistan or North Korea, Azerbaijan does not want to close itself off from the world. So, Sarah Kendzior argues, holding international conferences in places like Baku opens up the possibility of respectful critical dialogue in an environment where dialogue rarely takes place.
October 26, 2012
Commentary: A Ray of Hope -- Afghan Special Operations Forces
It is unlikely that Afghan special-operations soldiers will ever achieve the level of operational proficiency exhibited by their Western advisers. But this is one of the few instances where “Afghan good enough” makes sense, and is not just an excuse for lowered standards of performance.
October 13, 2012
Commentary: Picking The EU For The Nobel Peace Prize Was Wrong
Questioning the Nobel Peace Prize selection, contributor Tanya Domi asks how -- knowing what happened and did not happen to stop the wars in the Balkans -- the European Union can claim it has carried out an honorable diplomatic and military effort in the Balkans?
October 10, 2012
Commentary: Actually, Iran Sanctions Aren't Working
There are two misconceptions about sanctions on Iran and the country’s currency crisis: one, that sanctions are the only cause for the rial’s free-fall in value last week. And two, that sanctions are achieving their strategic objectives.