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Dystopia Is Arriving in Stages

2020-01-05

Science fiction has a warning about developing mind-reading technology without any proper framework for how to control it.

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After years of wasting time in meetings, 3 former Googlers decided to do things differently at their new startup

2019-12-27

A pointless, never-ending meeting is a great way to kill productivity in the workplace.

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Is Huawei Really More Dangerous than Facebook?

2019-12-27

US President Donald Trumps campaign against leading Chinese technology companies is driven by legitimate concerns.

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One mans 10-year experiment to record every moment

2019-12-11

A Spanish scientist records all his activities so he can learn how to live more effectively. But what do you gain from forensically tracking every part of your day?

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In deprived areas, depression hits men harder

2019-12-01

One study suggests in low income areas, males have poorer mental health than women.

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The bias that can cause catastrophe

2019-11-28

The outcome bias erodes your sense of risk and makes you blind to error, explaining everything from fatal plane crashes to the Columbia crash and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Polling Insights on Iraq’s Shia Revolt

2019-11-24

Iraqi Shia have lost faith in their government because it has failed to meet their basic needs in any of these three categories. After the fall of Saddam Hussein and the rise of new governance models

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How Deep Is Anti-Iranian Sentiment in Iraq?

2019-11-24

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

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Is This the Arab Spring 2.0?

2019-11-09

Nearly a decade after the Arab Spring fizzled, a new wave of protest has swept over the Middle East and North Africa. What is different this time, and will the protesters get what they want?

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Looking at the Last American Elections until 2020

2019-11-09

This week several states held off year elections. And, though it is easy to try to extrapolate these results into a national trend

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Toward a Red Sea forum: The Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and architecture for a new regional order

2019-11-07

The Red Sea has fast become the subject of new geopolitical intrigue, as unprecedented engagement between Gulf states and the Horn of Africa reframes politics, economics, and security astride one of the world’s most heavily trafficked waterways

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The humble three-wheeled tuk-tuk has become the symbol of Iraq’s uprising

2019-11-03

It is tuk-tuk vs. Land Cruiser at the heart of Iraqs uprising — and the scrappy tuk-tuk, for now, is winning.

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Protests rage around the world – but what comes next?

2019-11-03

Unrest is seemingly everywhere. We look at the some of the reasons for and responses to it in Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile, Catalonia and Iraq

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When Knowledge is Powerless

2019-10-27

Measures against Arabs and Muslims mean they cannot share their insights on a region the West considers vital.

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Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show

2019-10-26

Tehran may be good at winning influence, but it is bad at ruling after that.

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Syria: Winners and Losers

2019-10-22

In the week since Turkey launched its forces invading Syria in order to establish a buffer or (safe zone), a lot has happened...

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The Hooligan Spirit

2019-10-19

There are many reasons why even the oldest democracies, such as the US and the UK, are increasingly riven by tribal hatreds...

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Iraq Is Not Yet Lost, But If We Continue to Ignore It, It Soon Will Be

2019-10-19

Muddled governance, harsh crackdowns, and outside interference threaten to overturn the fragile freedom that Iraqis have won at great cost.

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Putin in the Gulf: Working with the Saudis on arms, oil and Syria

2019-10-16

Moscow and Riyadh agreed to disagree but it does not exclude their cooperation in areas of mutual interest

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Russia Will Not Allow Turkey to Attack Syria, Sends in Troops to Front Lines

2019-10-16

Russia has warned it would prevent Turkey from attacking Syrian troops after the U.S. withdrew from a looming clash between rival ...

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ISIS Is Gloating

2019-10-15

The best one could say about Americas abandonment of the Kurds is that they should have known we would sell them out eventually.

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The Coming AI Spring

2019-10-15

Artificial intelligence can generate tremendous value for us all, if policymakers and businesses act swiftly and smartly to capture its full benefits and mitigate the inevitable risks...

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Preventing Digital Feudalism

2019-10-14

By exploiting technologies that were originally developed by the public sector, digital platform companies have acquired a market position that allows them to extract massive....

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