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24 января, 13:19

Another Reset with Russia?

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The question of the West’s relationship with Russia has been buried by stories of hacking, sex scandals, and potential blackmail. But what seems clear is that today’s authoritarian Russia is as much a product of poor relations with the West as it is of Russian history or the threat of disintegration that Russia faced in the 1990s.

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24 января, 12:31

A Middle East Peace Agenda for 2017

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Ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen are affecting the rest of the world, by exporting terrorism and refugees. In the coming year, it will be incumbent upon those countries that have managed to avoid armed conflict to preserve their relative stability, so that they can help restore stability to the entire region.

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23 января, 19:23

Xi Jinping’s Year of Living Dangerously

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It might seem ludicrous to suggest that Chinese President Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader since Mao, could be in trouble. But looks can be deceiving: the true test of Xi's authority will come in later this year, when the Chinese Communist Party holds it 19th National Congress to select China's next leaders.

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23 января, 17:19

China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

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Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often by extending huge loans to their governments. As a result, some of these countries are becoming saddled with debt, leaving them even more firmly under China's thumb.

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23 января, 16:21

The Religion Question in the New Year

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Westerners consider church-state separation to be crucial for ensuring that religion plays a healthy role in society. But this view has little purchase in most of the Islamic world, and particularly in Asian societies, which have a vastly different understanding of religion’s place in people’s lives.

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23 января, 14:19

A New Deal to Save Europe

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In the wake of the euro crisis, Europeans shudder at the thought of giving the EU more power over their lives and communities. That's why an alternative to EU leaders' push for European federalism must be found.

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23 января, 13:29

Trump, Iran, and Stability in the Middle East

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The Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement offer hope that formalized, multilateral responses to global challenges are still possible. But Donald Trump has criticized both agreements, and the actions he takes as president could undermine them, and contribute to global instability.

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23 января, 13:09

“Zombie” Apocalypse in the West?

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French politics has no analogue to the alt-right milieu that fueled Donald Trump’s campaign in the US. But supporters of French presidential candidate François Fillon share many Trump voters' rejection of multicultural identity politics, sense of marginalization, and dismissal of "elites" and expertise.

23 января, 12:19

Breaking the WHO’s Glass Ceiling

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This year, the World Health Organization will elect a new director-general, and Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the strongest contender for the position. His direct experience working in developing countries makes him uniquely qualified to tackle the toughest global health challenges.

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21 января, 20:19

Adrift in Trump’s New Century

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The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm famously called the period between Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914 and the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 the “short twentieth century.” But, if anything, the twentieth century went long: it ended with Donald Trump's inauguration as US president.

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20 января, 18:12

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

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When the Arab Spring erupted in December 2010, advocates for change in the Arab world had reason to be hopeful. But, as we saw in 2016, authoritarianism has returned, and whether that trend can be reversed in 2017 will depend on how well regional and international leaders have absorbed lessons from the recent past.

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20 января, 16:00

Trumping Capitalism?

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Donald Trump’s presidency is a symptom of an interregnum between economic orders – a period that will result in a new balance between state and market. While his administration’s economic policies are unlikely to provide the right answer, they may at least show the world what not to do.