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The Islamic States’ Oil Revenue

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The European Union Ambassador to Iraq, Jana Hybášková, repeated last week her claim that European countries are “inadvertently aiding the Islamic State.” She claimed the Europeans are purchasing $3 million worth of oil a day, from areas controlled by the IS. She made this claim before the European Parliament’s foreign…

Creation of a Prosperous Economy and A Just Society in Ukraine*

Friday, September 5th, 2014

This was originally presented as a speech at the US-Ukraine Energy-Security Fusion Dialog in Kyiv on August 27, 2014. The famous sociologist and former president of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, when asked why, with all its abundant natural resources, Brazil was still a poor country, responded: “Brazil is not a... ...

Israel-Jordan: Natural Gas Agreement

Friday, September 5th, 2014

On September 4, 2014, Israel signed a letter of intent to sell natural gas to Jordan. In January 25th, 2012, we published J. Millard Burr’s report  on ”Egypt: Natural Gas, Pipelines, and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.” The report said: “In mid-November terrorists active in the northern Sinai Peninsula blew up and thus... ...

More Cyberthreats, Less Cybersecurity

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

The lack of cybersecurity continues to pose the biggest threat to the United States. Describing it “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face,” President Obama went on to issue Executive Order 13696, to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. This order led to the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services  (ECS)... ...

Leadership, the Law, and Statesmanship*

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

One bright note in the sour symphony coming out of Washington these past few weeks is the Supreme Court’s decision on recess appointments. In an emphatic unanimous decision, the Court reinforced the authority of the separation of powers and the hope that it will be the last and final successful... ...

Tsar Vladimir the First*

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Putin Isn’t Trying to Win the Cold War — He’s Refighting the Battles of World War I. World War I was not only one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in history, but arguably the most seminal. The war was a catalyst for the Great Depression, the rise of the... ...

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