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How Can America Bring Iran Back to the West?

How Can America Bring Iran Back to the West?

The recent Russian rejection of an American initiative at the UN Security Council for the world community to express solidarity with the Iranian protesters in the face of the Islamist regime’s brutalities did not come as a surprise. In fact, given the history of Russia’s imperialistic behavior towards Iran, the ...

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5 Africa stories to watch in 2018

5 Africa stories to watch in 2018

From widely known, to worrying to weird, here are five developing stories to watch in Africa as we kick off 2018. The fall of Mugabe (Grace Mugabe that is) The ageing Robert Mugabe’s departure was only a matter of time. It was accelerated by the very public factionalism and succession squabbling ...

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Right-wing extremism in America: A growing threat?

Right-wing extremism in America: A growing threat?

The violence committed by right-wing extremists against counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew the world’s attention to a seemingly new threat emerging in the United States.

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For American business to thrive, bilateral trade deals aren’t enough

For American business to thrive, bilateral trade deals aren’t enough

The Trump administration has made it very clear that the United States is no longer interested in multilateral free trade agreements or policies. At the same time, the European Union, Japan, and China are forging ahead with multilateral deals. As the U.S. steps aside and other nations and blocs ...

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2018: A year of challenges for President Macron

2018: A year of challenges for President Macron

Thousands demonstrated against President Emmanuel Macron’s labour law reforms in September. With the President’s popularity in decline, the French government will face a new set of challenges in the first months of 2018. In late September, the freshly elected government led by Emmanuel Macron faced its first street protests when ...

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The Bitcoin bubble, Venezuela, and political risk

The Bitcoin bubble, Venezuela, and political risk

Regardless of mainstream reservations, rampant speculation, and a near-certain chance of bust, Bitcoin is here to stay. Cryptocurrencies will transform the way we identify, manage and mitigate political risks across borders – and Venezuela offers a perfect case study. Understanding the hype Regular descent into what is only retrospectively described as ...

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Terrorism risks rising in Malaysia as Islamic State militants return

Terrorism risks rising in Malaysia as Islamic State militants return

With the demise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the fall of Marawi in the Philippines, how will Malaysia handle the prospect of returning fighters? Malaysia’s Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed recently expressed concerns over the threat of returning militants from the Middle East and the Philippines. The ...

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5 reasons Russia’s banking system is heading for trouble

5 reasons Russia’s banking system is heading for trouble

Russia’s recent bailout of two major banks will cost the country billions of rubles. But the future of the Russian banking system, and its impact on the nation’s economy, is still uncertain. Russia is finally emerging from a serious recession, with growth predicted for 2018. However, the recent rescue of B&N ...

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Why the US won’t lose Middle East allies over Trump’s Jerusalem move

Why the US won’t lose Middle East allies over Trump’s Jerusalem move

US allies in the Middle East now see Iran as the primary threat in the region, and might be willing to accept a lesser deal on Palestine in order to gain Israeli support. The announcement this month by the Trump administration that the United States would recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli ...

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Bibi and Bibi-ism Victorious on Jerusalem

Bibi and Bibi-ism Victorious on Jerusalem

By Shahar Golan. Trump's declaration bolsters Bibi's claim that he can overlook Palestinian issue and avoid international isolation

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Time for Reckoning a Long Hidden Massacre

Time for Reckoning a Long Hidden Massacre

  This week, Tehran announced it would continue a missile development program that defense analysts say could allow Iran to launch nuclear weapons. It was a public threat that has understandably stirred strong response from the US and the west: the risk of nuclear proliferation by a fanatical regime is ...

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The End of ISIS is in Sight. What is Next?

The End of ISIS is in Sight. What is Next?

Given that the last strongholds for ISIS (known as Daesh in the region) in Raqaa, Syria and Mosul, Iraq have fallen, it is likely the group in its current territory-based form will gone by the end of 2017.  Only weeks ago, Daesh was allowed to leave central Syria before the ...

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How Innovation Can Drive Stability in the Middle East

How Innovation Can Drive Stability in the Middle East

When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt instituted a blockade against Qatar this summer, many in Qatar and the broader international community feared it would greatly disrupt Qatari society by breaking supply chains, limiting access to food and other resources, and preventing free travel across the ...

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Another War in the Middle East?

Another War in the Middle East?

The sudden resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad al-Hariri on October 4, 2017 from Riyadh appears to have taken by surprise just about everyone in the Middle East.  The significance of Hariri’s announcement taking place not in his own capital but rather in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was lost ...

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Trump and the West: The Alienation Continues. Will His Supporters Ever Care?

Trump and the West: The Alienation Continues. Will His Supporters Ever Care?

This post is written by W.A. Schmidt, an op-ed contributor. — When it comes to the Trump presidency, sympathetic observers outside the United States are preoccupied with the same question that the majority of their American counterparts must be pondering: How much longer will this president inflict damage upon his country, ...

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