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Why Jordan is at the epicenter of nearly all Middle Eastern issues

The rise of ISIS is connected to Jordan. The Israeli-Palestinian crisis plays out in the shadow of Jordan. The Syrian civil war and it's ensuing refugee crisis are taking a heavy toll on Jordan. Even the Iranian nuclear talks has a connection to Jordan. So, why Jordan, a landlocked country with few natural resources but tremendous importance for American foreign policy, at the middle of it all.

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Obama's new missile defense plan

President Obama announced a new US missile defense plan � it shifts away from a previous plan by the Bush Administration to build a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. The World's Jason Margolis begins our coverage.

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President Obama in South Korea

President Obama's Asia visit will conclude this week in South Korea. Many South Koreans are more worried about their government's decision to dispatch troops to Afghanistan. Jason Strothers previews the President's visit.

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Obama backs India's UN bid

President Obama today supported India's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Pakistan has strongly criticized this move. Washington Post UN correspondent Colum Lynch says India would benefit greatly from a permanent place on the Council.

Conflict & Justice

Why Jordan is at the epicenter of nearly all Middle Eastern issues

The rise of ISIS is connected to Jordan. The Israeli-Palestinian crisis plays out in the shadow of Jordan. The Syrian civil war and it's ensuing refugee crisis are taking a heavy toll on Jordan. Even the Iranian nuclear talks has a connection to Jordan. So, why Jordan, a landlocked country with few natural resources but tremendous importance for American foreign policy, at the middle of it all.

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No cigar just yet: Many obstacles remain before complete normalization with Cuba

President Barack Obama’s December 17 announcement that he would begin normalizing relations with Cuba sparked hot debate on both sides of the Florida Strait. It also began a political process that won’t end until a highly fractious Congress can agree on new legislation, not likely to happen any time soon. Among other obstacles is the long-questioned human rights record of the Castro regime. Independent watchdog organization Freedom House says Cuba falls just shy of its “worst of the worst list” for denying its citizens political rights and civil liberties.