Articles

Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries

2020 Mar 25

The more contained you want the novel coronavirus to be, the more you will need to lock down your country – and the more fiscal space you will require to mitigate the deeper recession that will result.

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Iraq has a new prime minister. What next?

2020 Mar 23

Iraq has a new prime minister-designate, almost three weeks after the previous nominee — Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi — failed to secure parliamentary approval for his cabinet.

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Politics and the Pandemic

2020 Mar 20

In an interview, Amir Afkhami explains what Covid-19 may mean for Iran, and the world.

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Listening to the Pandemic

2020 Mar 20

The COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to call some of the political mistakes of recent years by their name and adjust our trajectory according to the compass of reality.

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Holistic Thinking for Global Threats

2020 Mar 18

Although there is a general consensus about the biggest threats facing humanity and the planet, the complex links between individual risk categories have so far received too little attention. Any realistic strategy to move toward a more sustainable future

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Coronavirus Plagues America

2020 Mar 17

For the first time in living history, the headlines after a major presidential primary night weren’t focused on the election.

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The Pandemic Stress Test

2020 Mar 17

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the underlying weaknesses in national economies, health systems, and even political ideologies.

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How the U.S. Can Stop the Surge of Deadly Rocket Attacks in Iraq

2020 Mar 16

Congress and the Trump administration should privately agree to some ground rules for timing deterrent strikes on truly high-value targets, while quietly deploying more force-protection assets like Patriot missiles.

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What Have the Reactions to the Coronavirus Outbreak in the Middle East Shown?

2020 Mar 14

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.

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Coronavirus: The psychology of panic buying

2020 Mar 12

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, people are flocking to supermarkets worldwide – but are they simply preparing, or irrationally panicking?

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Making Sense of the Saudi Rumors: A Guide to Royal Family Politics

2020 Mar 12

Reports of royal arrests, a possible coup plot, and a brewing oil price war suggest that the kingdom is facing another period of considerable political tension.

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Iranian Doctors Fear the Worst

2020 Mar 11

Irans political and economic isolation has not stopped COVID-19—but sanctions are threatening to turn an outbreak into a catastrophe.

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