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 »

African Powers Must Support Democracy in DR Congo

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African leaders meeting in Luanda this week got part of the way to solving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) political crisis, endorsing a proposed sixteen-month delay for the DRC’s presidential election. Richard Moncrieff But to ensure the frustration of the DRC opposition and popular anger does not spill over into more violence, they must do much more to make sure the… African Powers Must… Read More »

“Can Cyprus Become A United Country?”

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Lecture At Cyprus University “Greece is the Mother of Democracy.  South Africa is its youngest daughter”. By: George Bizos SC * So said Nelson Mandela shortly after his release after twenty seven years of imprisonment. His answer to the question would have been “yes, it can”. He was no stranger to Hellenism. He was a graduate of Arts and Law. He played the role of Creon in Sophocles’s play “Antigone” whilst in prison. He had read Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Zenon and ... Read More »

Robert Manne: How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers

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­ If you had been told 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. Robert Manne In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Since that time, we have accepted the… Robert Manne: How… Read More »

Turkey: Erdogan’s Stealth Jihad Against the West

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Erdogan fights anyone and anything outside the sphere of his understanding of Sunni Islamism. by Burak Bekdil His arguments typically reflect an Islamist’s angry inner thoughts, feelings of “defeat against the non-Muslim West” and a “powerful urge to reverse the world order in favor of political Islam.” Erdogan is not honest even when he insists on a… Turkey: Erdogan’s… Read More »