Analysis

Guatemala: Young Blood, Old Vices

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A year after the election of would-be reformer Jimmy Morales as president, corruption investigations are casting a shadow over his inner circle. Arturo Matute Recent appointments bring youth and oxygen to his faltering administration, but much still stands in the way of political… Guatemala: Young… Read More »

Trump victory comes with a silver lining for the world’s progressives

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The election of Donald Trump symbolises the demise of a remarkable era. Yanis Varoufakis  It was a time when we saw the curious spectacle of a superpower, the… Trump victory comes… Read More »

Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Needs a Makeover

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TThe 2016 election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform. BY CHRISTIAN CARYL  The experts have been throwing around a lot of numbers in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. But there’s one statistic that… Let’s Face It: The… Read More »

Weekend Roundup: Democracy Disrupts Itself

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The “Great Reaction” that propelled Donald Trump to the White House is not just another turn of the electoral cycle, but an indication of a system in crisis. Nathan Gardels When unresponsive elites forsake the common folk in governing systems anchored in popular sovereignty, demagogues who fashion themselves as tribunes of the… Weekend Roundup: Democracy… Read More »

The US election was closer than you think

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ANALYSIS On first look, the US election looks like a Trump landslide. But looks can be deceiving. by Matt Martino The electoral college vote as it stands has Donald Trump at 279 votes — nine votes above the magic number of 270 needed to claim the presidency. With another 26 expected from the… The US election was… Read More »

How to Defeat the Missile Defense of the Future

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Ultimately, innovating new offensive weapons will prove more important. Leonid Nersisyan Taking a good look at U.S. and Russian strategic missile defense systems’ capabilities, we have come to the conclusion that these systems will not be able, neither at this moment nor in the… How to Defeat the… Read More »

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Veers onto a More Violent Path

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The death toll in Turkey’s PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) conflict rose nearly 10 per cent over the past three months as domestic political and regional dynamics propel the 32-year-old conflict deeper into a more violent trend. Berkay Mandıracı August-October fighting killed 444 people, compared to 402 in the preceding three months. The… Turkey’s PKK Conflict… Read More »

Can NATO Pay Up?

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If adherence to the 2 percent benchmark is not a good measurement of commitment, what is? Elisabeth Braw In recent years NATO has been showing renewed signs of vitality. But with challenges ranging from Russia to refugees, it’s… Can NATO Pay… Read More »

Why Morocco Is Investing in Africa

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Morocco wishes to help its fellow African nations claim their due from the West. Ahmed Charai In a historic speech in the Senegalese capital Dakar Sunday, Moroccan King Mohammed VI laid out his country’s commitment to the continent of Africa, and… Why Morocco Is… Read More »

What Happens in Turkey Doesn’t Stay in Turkey

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Ankara’s growing authoritarianism is not just an internal problem. It’s time for the U.S. to wise up. By Nate Schenkkan * The detention of 11 members of parliament from an opposition political party last week marked the latest step in Turkey’s transformation into a de facto dictatorship. For years, the… What Happens in… Read More »

Nobel Peace Laureates Warn: Trump Presidency Would Bring Grave Risks

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It is unusual for us to comment on an American election, even more so in the eleventh hour. José Ramos-Horta Óscar Arias Sánchez John Hume  But what is at stake at the moment in the U.S. election affects us all. The Presidential election in the world’s most powerful democracy has descended into name calling, disinformation and… Nobel Peace Laureates… Read More »

The Libyan Political Agreement: Time for a Reset

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The UN-brokered peace process in Libya has stalled, leaving unresolved pressing issues like worsening living conditions, control of oil facilities, people-smuggling, and the struggle against jihadist groups. New negotiations are needed to engage key actors who have been excluded so far. Executive Summary The… The Libyan Political… Read More »

China and India’s Slow-Moving Path to ‘Water Wars’

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There’s a smarter way to handle the Brahmaputra conflict. Satu Limaye, Joel Wuthnow, Nilanthi Samaranayake China’s September 30 announcement that it would temporarily divert the Xiabuqu—a domestic river that feeds into the mighty Brahmaputra running from Tibet through Northeast India and… China and India’s… Read More »

Hillary Clinton and Nuclear Weapons: More Dangerous Than Trump?

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No ally’s fate is important enough for the United States to risk a nuclear war. Christopher Layne With his customary keen insight, the Financial Times commentator Edward Luce recently observed that GOP nominee Donald Trump’s Achilles heel is a lack of character. Because of this, Trump’s opponents argue, he… Hillary Clinton and… Read More »

The secret of how life on Earth began

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Today life has conquered every square inch of Earth, but when the planet formed it was a dead rock. How did life get started? By Michael Marshall How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For… The secret of… Read More »

Syria: The Next U.S. President’s First 100 Days

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America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change. Amitai Etzioni According to the Washington Post, there is already a lively debateamong Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy advisers about what is to be done in Syria if she becomes the next president. Arguments are between those who… Syria: The Next… Read More »