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The Tragic Story of Civilian Prime Ministers in Pakistan

Aparna Pande

It is difficult to fault a civilian Pakistani PM as they are by definition an endangered species...

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CDC Neglect Is Killing Americans

John P. Walters

This year drug overdose deaths may exceed 70,000 Americans...

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Gaza Violence Can't Mar the Beauty of Thriving Israel

Lela Gilbert

With every passing day, explosive events in the Middle East threaten the peaceful lives of Israelis...

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Iraq's Pivotal Election

Michael Pregent

On May 14, Michael Pregent appeared on the Wall Street Journal Opinion: Foreign Edition podcast to discuss the recent Iraqi elections and the risk of ...

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Global Britain

Walter Russell Mead

On May 15, Walter Russell Mead testified before the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on the strength of the U.S. relationship with the U...

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The Big Shift

Walter Russell Mead

How American Democracy Fails Its Way to Success...

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Trump, Iran and American Power

Walter Russell Mead

The president sees Tehran’s overreach as an opportunity to arrest U.S. decline...

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America Can’t Afford to Cede the Seas

Seth Cropsey

Does the U.S. want to continue as a great power? China’s navy is set to surpass our fleet by 2030...

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China’s Salami-Slicing Policy toward Taiwan

Seth Cropsey

Through its incrementalist strategy, Beijing seeks to erode the sovereignty of the island nation and isolate it from the international community...

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Cause for Alarm? Indonesia’s Weekend of Violence Prompts Vigilance and Concern

Paul Marshall

Last weekend’s seven bombings in Surabaya reveal a marked escalation of ISIS capabilities in Indonesia and also show changes in tactics...

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U.S. Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal

Michael Pregent

On May 11th, Michael Pregent appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal...

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Malaysia's Step Forward — But Still a Long Way to Go

John Lee

The election victory of the Mahathir Mohamad-led Pakatan Harapan coalition — translated as Alliance of Hope — is compelling evidence of the politi...

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The Curious Case of Mr. Wang and the United Front

Jonas Parello-​Plesner

This week the Wilson Center hosted an event entitled “Chinese Influence Operations in the U.S: Shedding Some Light on All the Heat” ...

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The Fifties Were Awful, But Not the Way You Think

Ronald W. Dworkin

The 1950s weren’t an age of conservative bourgeois culture. They were the destructor of that culture...

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What More Could We Ask For in a CIA Director Than Gina Haspel?

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

After Haspel’s confirmation hearing performance, that’s the question every senator considering opposing her nomination needs to answer...

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Revitalizing Space Exploration Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

Thomas J. Duesterberg

President Trump signaled what hopefully will become a vigorous return to space exploration by the United States...

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"North Korea Was Once the Jerusalem of the East"

Nina Shea

On May 9th, Nina Shea appeared on EWTN to discuss the release of three American detainees from North Korea...

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The China Threat

Michael Pillsbury

On May 9th, Michael Pillsbury appeared on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News to discuss the rising military and economic threats from China...

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China is Going After American Innovation

Michael Pillsbury

On May 9th, Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox Business to discuss China's economic rise...

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Japan Abandons the 2-Percent Inflation Standard

Brendan Brown

Japan is now on its way to leaving the 2 per cent inflation standard, having been the last to join (in 2013)...

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Harsh Turkish Ruling Extends US Pastor's Imprisonment

Lela Gilbert

A Turkish court ruled on Monday that imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson will remain in jail at least until his new trial date in July ...

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Drilling Down at Cannes

Martha Bayles

Let’s not roll out the red carpet as Saudi Arabia enters the movie business ...

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The Ukraine War in the Time of Trump

Benjamin Haddad

The U.S. is sending all kinds of signals it supports Ukraine against Russia, but the regime’s corruption is almost as big a threat at Putin’s proxies...

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The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Martha Bayles

The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times, or on the college campuses...

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Trump Wins the First Round in U.S.-China Trade War

Michael Pillsbury

Trump’s concern with China dates back to a book he published in 2000...

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“Western civilization has come to an end”

Bruno Maçães

The new global cultural center isn’t Los Angeles or London — it’s everywhere...

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Macron Is Too Weak to Lead the Free World

Peter Rough

Angela Merkel may have ceded her crown to France’s president. But neither can supplant Donald Trump...

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China is the Real Threat, Not Russia

Michael Pillsbury

On May 3rd, Michael Pillsbury appeared on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News to discuss potential economic threats posed by china...

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China Closing in on U.S. as Global Superpower: Ex-Pentagon Official

Michael Pillsbury

On May 3, Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox Business to discuss recent statements by a former Pentagon official regarding China's status as a global s...

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Chinese Official: China Won't Yield to U.S. Trade Threats

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

On May 2, Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared on Fox Business to discuss trade tensions with China...

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Armenian Genocide Reminds Us: Christian Persecution Thriving

Lela Gilbert

Refusing to let the past die is the goal of Armenians everywhere, as they continue to protest the refusal of the U.S. and other countries to officiall...

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With Iraq, We've Been Here Before - Last Time It Resulted in ISIS

Michael Pregent

Here we are again, being asked to disappear from view before a May 12th election in Iraq...

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President Trump Delays Steel Tariffs for U.S. Allies

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

On May 1, Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared on Fox Business to discuss President Trump delaying tariffs on imported steel from U.S. allies for 30 days...

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The Faces of Cézanne

Carolyn Stewart

The portraits of the master, collected for the first time since his death, offer an antidote to preoccupations with our self-images...

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Trump's New Administration Members Will Lead 2 Major Foreign Policy Strategies

Walter Russell Mead

On May 1, Walter Russell Mead appeared on NPR's All Things Considered to discuss major foreign policy strategies...

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Netanyahu: Iran Lied

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

On April 30, Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared on Fox Business to discuss recent revelations by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu regarding Iran's nucle...

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The Elephant Looks around the Dragon

Aparna Pande

The belief in India as an Asian leader and a model for other countries in the region has been deeply ingrained in Indian thinking for ...

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A Crisis on Each End of Asia

Walter Russell Mead

Modest success on North Korea is giving the U.S. breathing room to focus on Iran...

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Tariffs On Uranium Would Make More Sense Than Trump's Protections On Steel And Aluminum

Thomas J. Duesterberg

Using Section 232 of U.S. trade law to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was a questionable use of this tool...

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India and China: The Risks of a Reset

Aparna Pande

Modi’s visit to China this week could lead to an easing of their strained ties—but any reset will benefit Beijing far more than New Delhi...

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Harold Futchtgott-Roth Testifies Before United States Joint Economic Committee

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Following is the full testimony given by Harold Furchtgott-Roth to the United States Joint Economic Committee on April 25, 2018...

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The Real Tocqueville?

Rachel Mackey

A response to Ben Judah’s exposé of the Frenchman’s failings...

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Asia Must Start Talking Trade with Trump

John Lee

The current respite in tit-for-tat tariff threats between the U.S. and China is just a temporary halt in a serious dispute between the world's two lar...

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Mike Pompeo's Nomination for Secretary of State

Kenneth R. Weinstein

On April 24, Kenneth Weinstein appeared on C-SPAN to discuss Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State...

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Trump and the North Korean Tipping Point

Arthur Herman

The president’s potential meeting with Kim Jong Un would come at a time when American foreign policy is rapidly changing...

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Trump Needs Allies on Trade

Thomas J. Duesterberg

This week’s meetings with Macron and Merkel provide an opportunity to reaffirm common interests...

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s Low-Stakes Summit

Walter Russell Mead

If the leaders meet, they’re likelier to reframe the standoff than to resolve it...

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Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Given Final Appeal to Death Sentence

Lela Gilbert

For years, Asia Bibi’s infuriating story and sorrowful face has embodied the unfairness of Pakistan’s deadly blasphemy laws......

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Lost in Translation

Peter Rough

What Europe Should Know About American Resilience...

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Germany Must Assume More Leadership on Global Economic Issues

Thomas J. Duesterberg

German complacency on issues of international and domestic economic management is becoming a threat to the country’s economic future...

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Japan’s Industrial Security Problem

Arthur Herman

For the good of its defense industry, Tokyo needs to get serious about protecting secrets...

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Bitter Split Among Syria's Christians Over Loyalty to Assad

Lela Gilbert

The Syrian conflict has also turned Christians against Christians...

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Trump’s Realist Syria Strategy

Walter Russell Mead

The president’s goal is to avoid bailing out without getting sucked in...

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Assad Must Go - U.S. Should Press Russia to Replace Syrian Dictator

Michael Pregent & Oubai Shahbandar

Despite the attack on Syria, its allies Iran and Russia are very unlikely to heed President Trump’s call to stop backing Assad’s criminal actions...

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My Sojourn Among the Saturday People

Lela Gilbert

In January 2006, I was standing on a beach at a Sinai resort called Nuweiba...

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The Theology of Foreign Policy

Michael Doran

On matters of foreign policy, Americans are divided into two hidden camps...

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UN Security Council Discussing Reaction to Syria Strikes

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

On April 14, Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared on Fox Business to discuss the UN's reaction to the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria...

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Inside the CBO's Crystal Ball

Irwin M. Stelzer

Unlike his heroes, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, Trump is not president-for-life...

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False-Flag Conspiracy Theories are Wrong, and Trump Should Strike Syria

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

There’s really no doubt among serious people that chemical weapons were used, but the question now is how to prove who did it...

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Richard Weitz Discusses Syria Conflict

Richard Weitz

On April 13, Richard Weitz appeared on BBC to discuss the impending Syria strikes...

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Why It’s Justified To Strike Syria Again For Using Chemical Weapons

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Syria in 2018 is not Iraq in 2003 and a response to Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical weapons is not deposing Saddam Hussein...

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How to Fight Terror, the Somaliland Way

Bruno Maçães

In the breakaway republic, a strict clan system keeps al-Shabab in check...

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Trump Needs to Be More Trumpian in Syria

Michael Doran

The United States will be making an exit from Syria “very soon,” President Trump said late last month in Ohio. ...

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Why Big Government, Big Banks, and Big Tech All Hate Cash

Brendan Brown

Big government, big banks, and big tech are now all on the same side in the war against cash. Government — we all know about already. Big banks — ...

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Jack David on the Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Jack David

On April 10, Jack David appeared on the Secure Freedom Radio podcast to discuss Iran and North Korea...

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French Jews Face Relentless Anti-Semitic Violence

Lela Gilbert

The brutal March 23 stabbing of 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll cast a dark pall over a Jewish season of festivity...

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China Sets Its Sights on South America

Seth Cropsey

China’s leaders are betting that Latin America will prove useful politically, economically, and even militarily. The U.S. government should pay more a...

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How will Trump Respond to the Chemical Attack in Syria

Michael Pillsbury

On April 9th, Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox Business to discuss the recent chemical attack in Syria and potential responses from the Trump adminis...

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Bolton Faces a Dangerous World

Walter Russell Mead

He joins the chaotic Trump team amid the greatest uncertainty since Truman’s era...

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Macron Needs to Attack Syria

Benjamin Haddad

With or without the United States...

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The King of Masks

Martha Bayles

How the “Xi change” in China is causing an invisible earthquake...

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Russia Vows "Harsh Response" to New U.S. Sanctions on Putin Allies

Nate Sibley & Ben Judah

On April 6th, Nate Sibley and Ben Judah appeared on a CNN Situation Report story on potential Russian responses to sanctions on Putin allies iframe#1...

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Egypt's New Strongman

Samuel Tadros

On April 6th, Samuel Tadros appeared on the Wall Street Journal Opinion: Foreign Edition podcast to discuss Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's re-election and rel...

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Trump's Pressure Against North Korea is Best Way to Avoid War

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against North Korea is working...

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The Secret to Successful Arab Modernization is to Stop Hating Israel

Lee Smith

Saudi Arabia’s main reason to normalize relations with the Jewish state is not strategic but sociological...

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What Trump Has Wrong ‐ and Right ‐ About Amazon

Irwin M. Stelzer

The president's attack on Amazon is the hallmark of an aspiring caudillo. But there are valid anti-trust concerns about the internet giant...

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Will the U.S. Surrender Commercial Nuclear to Russia & China?

Thomas J. Duesterberg & William Schneider

The fate of American industrial icon Westinghouse is now in the hands of regulators...

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A U.S. Battlefield Victory Against Russia’s “Little Green Men”

Tod Lindberg

Americans drove back an advance by mercenaries. The next one ended almost as soon as it began...

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Trump’s Views on Trade Aren’t a Passing Fad

Peter Rough

The United States and Europe must find a synthesis between the free trading dogmas of yesterday and the nationalist impulses of today...

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What Is Illiberalism? Answering Joshua Muravchik

John Fonte

Freedom House, biased against conservatives, is no longer a reliable source of ratings for nations’ democratic policies...

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Arab Leaders Abandon the Palestinians

Walter Russell Mead

Facing threats from Iran and Turkey, they want peace—and to strangle Hamas...

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Trump Is Betting Everything on the Economy

Irwin M. Stelzer

Because if a recession hits before 2020, the government will have no tools to fight it...

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Turkish Assault Threatens Christians, Yazidis and Kurds

Lela Gilbert

Thousands of Syrian refugees are unable to return to their homes following the Turkish invasion of northwest Syria...

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Raid the Defense Budget to Build the Wall?

Seth Cropsey

The bill would start to address two problems that face the U.S. military: readiness and modernization...

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With Diplomat Expulsions, Trump Punches Russia Back — Yet Again

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

President Trump demonstrated once again he’s willing to punch Russia if it punches us or our friends...

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What Does Kim Jong-Un's China Visit Mean for the U.S.?

Michael Pillsbury

On March 28, Michael Pillsbury appeared on PBS NewsHour to discuss North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent visit to China...

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There's No Such Thing As Free Data

Irwin M. Stelzer

It's time for the government to reckon with what Facebook has become...

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John Bolton Is No Bugaboo

Walter Russell Mead

He believes the U.S. must be prepared to act alone, but Trump will take convincing...

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Bolton is Quite the Insider

Michael Pillsbury

On March 23, Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox News to discuss the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Adviser...

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Notes of Caution on the Navy's Forthcoming Force Structure Assessment

Bryan McGrath

What happens when the U.S. Navy’s force structure planning is built on strategic assumptions that are superseded by a change in the Oval Office?...

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Here We Go Again

Husain Haqqani

Once again the U.S. government appears to be taking Pakistani promises about combatting terror at face value...

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Mike Pompeo Could be the Most Significant Secretary of State in Decades

Kenneth R. Weinstein

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has the potential to be the most significant secretary of state since George Shultz...

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Toothless Gestures Won’t Stop Putin

Walter Russell Mead

While Washington dreamed of an orderly world, revisionist powers upended it...

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The Descent of Syria into the Abyss

Samuel Tadros

Nearly seven years have passed since the outbreak of protests in Syria calling for change...

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Trump Grants Israel "Greatest Gift U.S. Could Give"

Lela Gilbert

Just weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump announced that the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in May of 2018....

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Europe’s AI delusion

Bruno Maçães

Brussels is failing to grasp threats and opportunities of artificial intelligence...

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