Politics

Is the 21st Century the Chinese Century – or not?

2019 Sep 16

It has become common for people to refer to the 21st Century as the Chinese Century, much as many called the 20th Century as the American Century.

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Bolton Out at National Security Council

2019 Sep 16

On Tuesday, National Security Advisor John Bolton was fired by President Trump or he resigned, depending on who one believes.

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Is Iran Negotiating Its Way to Negotiations?

2019 Sep 05

While Tehrans internal debate about engagement with Washington intensifies, its words and actions already seem to be shaping even unintentionally the terms of any future talks.

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Is Salafism making comeback in Egypt?

2019 Sep 01

Egypts Ministry of Religious Endowments granted controversial Sheikh Yasser Borhami, vice president of the Salafist Call, a preaching permit for Friday sermons in Alexandria in August

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Division threatens Islamic Dawa after Maliki’s reelection

2019 Aug 26

The Islamic Dawa Party could on the verge of division after the reelection of Nouri al Maliki as its secretary-general

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America’s Superpower Panic

2019 Aug 15

History suggests that a global superpower in relative decline should aim for a soft landing, so that it still has a comfortable place in the world once its dominance fades. By contrast, US President Donald Trumps incoherent, confrontational approach towar

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Bahrain’s Perception Problem

2019 Aug 05

New demonstrations, executions, and diplomatic quarrels threaten to undermine the island’s efforts to improve its pro-Western profile amid the Iran crisis.

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Quieting the Home Front

2019 Aug 03

Saudi Arabia has used a variety of means to neutralize domestic opposition to the war in Yemen.

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Iran’s threats are an attempt to negotiate

2019 Aug 01

Iranian officials now appear to be negotiating and rather than using back-channels, they are doing it in plain sight.

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U.S. Senate Targets Saudi Nuclear Technology

2019 Aug 01

The bipartisan bill follows the revelation that a longtime Trump advisor was pushing for lucrative nuclear deals with Riyadh.

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Russia in the Gray Zone

2019 Jul 31

In its ongoing efforts to influence world affairs, Russia is waging campaigns both bloodless and bloody. A significant number of its tactics fall in the space between routine statecraft and direct and open warfare, a space sometimes referred to as the gra

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Why this political movement is turning its back on the Iraqi PM

2019 Jul 28

Ammar al-Hakims National Wisdom Movement, which once supported Adel Abdul Mahdi for the premiership, has turned against the prime minister, organizing protests against his government.

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