Analysis

Why the Middle East Needs the Qatar Crisis

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A unique moment has presented itself where a majority of the Middle East has had enough of Qatar’s promiscuous foreign policy. Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest When a crisis arises, it is only natural to call for calm. In most cases it is a laudable reflex, especially when one is not the cause of the consternation. In the case of the recent Gulf crisis with Qatar, President Trump, the… Why the Middle… Read More »

Turkey’s president wants to purge Western words from its language

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Cultural disappropriation A new step in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign against foreign influences The Economist TURKEY’S president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded to last summer’s attempted coup by sacking or suspending 160,000 public servants and arresting 60,000 more. But his latest purge has a… Turkey’s president wants… Read More »

Mexico’s Worsening War without a Name

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The “war on drugs” has morphed into a new rash of killings in Mexico. Froylán Enciso ICG The deadly violence of increasingly well-organised, business-minded criminal groups risks being aggravated by government inaction, corruption and bombastic U.S. rhetoric – exactly what caused the problem in the first place. Murder rates in Mexico have hit a… Mexico’s Worsening War… Read More »

Traversing the Tribal Patchwork of Libya’s South West

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Our Senior Analyst Claudia Gazzini travels to southern Libya and finds neglect, smugglers, a gold rush, and simmering tensions among a patchwork of ethnic, tribal and militia actors on the edge of the Sahara… Claudia Gazzini ICG She also discovers much longing for a united, well-governed Libya. SEBHA, Libya – To understand the full extent of the impact of the civil war that has fractured the rest of the country into warring fiefdoms, it is… Traversing the Tribal… Read More »

America’s Political Gamble in Syria May Not Pay Off

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President Trump’s plan to defeat the Islamic State relies on the complex web of relations between the United States, Turkey and the… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest As the Islamic State’s territory continues to shrink in the Middle East, its henchmen and those inspired by the extremist group are increasingly lashing out at soft targets in the… The types of attacks recently experienced in London and Manchester are likely to continue until the… America’s Political Gamble… Read More »

What Is the Future of NATO?

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Philip M. Breedlove discusses the challenges facing America and its allies. Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest What is the future of NATO? How significant is the debate over Article V? What policy should Washington adopt towards Ukraine? Will the German Bundeswehr play an increasingly important role in coming years? Does the American nuclear force need to be modernized or is the… What Is the… Read More »

Analysis: Why is Turkey deploying troops to Qatar?

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Turkey’s decision is not necessarily anti-Saudi, but it is definitely pro-Qatari, say analysts. Birce Bora  Al Jazeera Only two days after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar for its alleged support of “terrorist organisations”, Turkey’s parliament has ratified military deals allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in… Analysis: Why is… Read More »

Iran Unites as Tehran Struck by Middle East’s Proxy Wars

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The 7 June attacks in Tehran struck at the symbolic heart of Iran’s revolutionary republic. In this Q&A, Ali Vaez, Senior Analyst for Iran, says the outrages show how the region’s proxy wars are now reaching far beyond the… Ali Vaez ICG How unusual are these attacks for Iran? If this indeed was, as it claimed, an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it would constitute the first time the organisation has been able to strike ... Read More »

Deliberative democracy must rise to the threat of populist rhetoric

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We are “living in the end times”, or so Slavoj Žižek tells us. We have seen the arrival of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse”: the global ecological crisis, sharp inequalities in the economic system, the biogenic revolution, and… Nicole Curato Lucy J Parry The Conversation The global rise of populism, it seems, is only a symptom of these long-standing tragedies in the… Populist claims – the grand promises that prey on unrealistic expectations, those… Deliberative democracy must… Read More »

Why Venezuela Proves That Russia Is Still a World Power

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Russia has acquired in Venezuela, as it has in Syria, a need to preserve the current regime in order to safeguard its investments. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest One of the problems with continuing to box Russia into the European policy box is that Moscow, while not wielding all the resources of the former Soviet Union, can still wield influence in a… This myopia continually ignores the… Why Venezuela Proves… Read More »

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

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Most of us regard self-driving cars, voice assistants, and other artificially intelligent technologies as revolutionary. David Kosbie Andrew W. Moore Mark Stehlik Harvard Business Review For the next generation, however, these wonders will have always existed. AI for them will be more than a tool; in many cases, AI will be their co-worker and a ubiquitous part of their lives. If the next generation is to use AI and big data effectively – if they’re to… How to Prepare… Read More »

Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance

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”Humility” isn’t a word that most academics — or Americans — identify with. Michael Patrick Lynch The Chronicle Review                                             Indeed, if there is a single attitude most closely associated with our culture, it’s the opposite of humility. The defining trait of the age seems to be arrogance — in particular, the kind of arrogance personified by our tweeter in chief; the arrogance of thinking that you know it all and… Teaching Humility in… Read More »

Why the London Terror Attack Happened Now

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One has to wonder why terrorists like those who struck on Saturday night in London, and earlier in Manchester, launched their attacks now. Jonathan Cook CounterPunch It is difficult not to infer that their violence was timed to influence the UK election this coming Thursday. Those behind the attack – whether those carrying it out or those dispatching the terrorists – want to have an… Why the London… Read More »

The story behind Israel’s atomic explosion plan

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In discussing Israel’s nuclear capabilities, even foreign publications have not gone back to 1967, to the war that transformed Israel from a state under siege and faced with annihilation into a regional empire. Ben Caspit AlMonitor The international community now believes that Israel has 90-200 nuclear warheads. According to foreign researchers, some are installed on Jericho missiles, while… The story behind… Read More »

It’s Not Islam That Drives Young Europeans to Jihad, France’s Top Terrorism Expert Explains

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Olivier Roy, one of France’s top experts on Islamic terrorism, tells Haaretz how assailants like Salman Abedi in Manchester turn into ‘new radicals’ who crave… Davide Lerner Haaretz ANKARA – Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert this week, started life advantageously enough: to parents who had fled Gadhafi’s Libya for a new life in… But actually it was that kind of dislocation that would send him off kilter two… It’s Not Islam… Read More »

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Crazy and China Doesn’t Have a Solution

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Admittedly no one should expect linear thinking from President Donald Trump. Doug Bandow The National Interest Still, it was a bit jarring to hear him go from calling North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un a “pretty smart cookie” and “gentleman” who the president would be “honored” to meet to a… Not that the recent phone call with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was the… Kim Jong-un Isn’t… Read More »