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April 18, 2017

During a wide-ranging conversation about his military career and current foreign policy concerns last week, General (Ret.) David Petraeus praised President Donald Trump's decision to launch a barrage of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government-controlled airfield, calling it a "very important moment for Trump and his team." But, Petraeus told the New York crowd, "One strike does not a strategy make.”
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North Korea is often referred to as the “hermit kingdom” for its state-enforced isolation. But the emergence of illicit markets is slowly eroding the information blockade and perhaps even sparking a shift in people’s mindsets. Speaking at Asia Society in Houston recently, North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee and Oxford scholar Jieun Baek described how an information influx is playing “a central role in changing the central consciousness of North Korean citizens.”
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Six years after the Arab Spring yielded optimism about a more democratic future for the Middle East, the region remains mired in sectarian conflict, tyranny, and violence. In an interview with Asia Blog, Dr. Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World, discusses the relationship between democracy, liberalism, and Islam, and argues that Trump’s apparent lack of concern over human rights in the region actually represents a degree of continuity with the Obama administration.
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