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Russia-Africa Summit: Policy Framework for Further Cooperation

Russia-Africa Summit: Policy Framework for Further Cooperation

On October 23-24, the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum took place in Sochi. Over 10 000 participants and representatives of 54 African countries took part in the event. The participants signed more than 50 deals, at a total value of more than 800 billion rubles. Moreover, African countries received 300 cooperation offers in different fields. […]

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Trump, Iran, and the Foreign Policy of Bluster

Trump, Iran, and the Foreign Policy of Bluster

Referring to the latest crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, President Trump said that he is not interested in going to war with Iran. I believe him. He has not shown an interest in starting new wars (although he has been quite willing to escalate ongoing ones on occasion). The real problem here, I believe, […]

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Why Hong Kong Really Matters to Americans

Why Hong Kong Really Matters to Americans

  The ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong put the question directly to Americans: just how important is freedom to us? There can be no mistake that the demonstrators aim for democratic rule, that they have reason to expect it, and that China denies it to them. The formal structure of the Hong Kong government, […]

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Development of renewable energy in Africa: continent’s future as the world hub of green economy

Development of renewable energy in Africa: continent’s future as the world hub of green economy

Electricity is an important condition for the reduction of poverty and economic growth. The development of agriculture, education and technology demand sufficient and continuous electricity supply. The situation in Africa is fundamentally different. The shortage of energy significantly impedes the continent’s development. Approximately 70% of Africans don’t have reliable access to electricity. According to the […]

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Op-Ed: Why Americans should support the new Iraqi Revolution

Op-Ed: Why Americans should support the new Iraqi Revolution

The Iraqi people want to return their country to its rightful owners.  We should support them in this endeavor.   In recent years, the Iraqi people have suffered immensely under tyrannical regimes.  But now, the Iraqi people have had enough.  They want free elections and they want democratic change.  Furthermore, they are willing to fight as […]

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Op-ed: Turn Putin Inward

Op-ed: Turn Putin Inward

Seeking to merely “contain” Putin is not enough.  We have been outplayed, outsmarted and outmaneuvered in Europe, the Middle East, Venezuela, Africa and the Arctic. And at home. Point by point “cost imposing” measures against Russia have not worked. And simply repeating the pattern of reacting, deterring, responding, defending will not work.  Moscow–minimally as a […]

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What Israeli foreign policy changes can we expect following the 2019 elections?

What Israeli foreign policy changes can we expect following the 2019 elections?

With 96% of the votes counted, the recent Israeli elections are increasingly looking like the contested 2000 elections in the United States.   Although Benny Gantz’s Blue and White received 33 seats in the Israeli Knesset against Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, who got only 31, it is unclear who will be the next Prime Minister of Israel.  […]

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Op-ed: Another Iranian base uncovered in Syria

Op-ed: Another Iranian base uncovered in Syria

The dream of the mullah’s regime in Iran is to establish a Shia Crescent from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea and to dominate the Middle East, if not the world entire. This is why Iran recently targeted the Saudi oil industry. This is why Iran is entrenching itself in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Gaza. This […]

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Does Kenya Really Want To End Terrorism?

Does Kenya Really Want To End Terrorism?

New dangerous dynamics are emerging at the Horn of Africa. Political tension emanating from maritime territory that Somalia and Kenya, both claim it as part of their legitimate border is getting more volatile. As the International Court of Justice gets ready to hold public hearings on “Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya)” […]

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Insecurity in Somalia: Is Mogadishu’s ‘Green Zone’ Part of the Problem?

Insecurity in Somalia: Is Mogadishu’s ‘Green Zone’ Part of the Problem?

Naturally broken nations like Somalia that require intervention from the international community require a safe area where diplomats and other officials representing key governments and organizations could be hosted. Hence Somalia’s heavily guarded “Green Zone”, or Halane as it is commonly known. As a compound dominated by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldiers, mostly […]

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How the World Treats Brazil

How the World Treats Brazil

Brazil is unique in Latin America as much as it is unique in the world. When working in Washington DC many years ago, the largest events were always the ones where the voice of Brazil was present via their Ambassador to the US. While Latin American allies of the US were often seen as almost […]

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Opportunities and Risks in Zelenskyy’s New Ukraine

Opportunities and Risks in Zelenskyy’s New Ukraine

What to make of the new political realities in Ukraine? Both, the presidential and parliamentary Ukrainian elections of 2019 delivered historic results. Ukraine never had a President with so much electoral support (73%), and so little connection to the country’s old political class. Moreover, independent Ukraine never had a parliament with as dominant a party […]

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Pensions for Some, but Not for Others

Pensions for Some, but Not for Others

Pension reform is something that has a great effect on the future of Brazilians, Latin Americans and to be honest the rest of us as well. Brazil was always a unique case, a country that built an administrative centre in the middle of the country in the 1950s that is populated by mostly government administrators […]

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Voting Advice Applications in Pre-Electoral Ukraine

Voting Advice Applications in Pre-Electoral Ukraine

PROвибір and other electronic instruments are helping Ukrainians to distinguish parties according to their political, socio-economic and cultural agendas Which party to vote for in an election? In Ukraine, like in countries around the world, people are making their political decisions based on a range of factors from emotional attraction to rational calculation. In the […]

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How Distrust toward Voting Advice Applications May Lower the Quality of Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

How Distrust toward Voting Advice Applications May Lower the Quality of Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Kyiv’s main media outlets keep ignoring Ukraine’s new voting advice applications So far, Ukraine’s major newspapers and electronic media have largely ignored the freely available novel Ukrainian voting advice applications (VAAs) designed to help voters to make more informed and rational decisions on 21 July. VAAs are computerized instruments that summarize in circa 15 to 40 statements […]

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