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  • Studying Greenland’s Ice to Understand Climate Change
    Lucas Jackson / Reuters Earlier this year, Lucas Jackson, a photographer with Reuters, joined a team of scientists affiliated with a NASA project named Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) and traveled with it to the Greenland ice sheet and fjords. Jackson photographed the researchers as they set up their scientific equipment and took readings to help understand the ongoing impact of the melting glaciers and map out what to expect in the future. Jackson says: “For both journalists and scientists, climate change is difficult to document. It most often happens imperceptibly—a tenth of a degree increase in temperature, a few less ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-19
  • A Five-Letter Adjective Is Shaking Up Politics in Eastern Europe
    There is plenty to consider when a country decides to change its name. What impact, for example, will it have on its government institutions, its passports, or its currency? Will the change affect its national airline or its sports teams? How does a country go about registering its new name with international institutions?When Macedonians head to the polls later this month to cast their vote in a national referendum on whether to change their country’s name from the Republic of Macedonia (or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as its known by international bodies) to the “Republic of North Macedonia,” ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-19
  • A Surprising Finding About Refugees in Europe Amid a Political Reckoning
    Three years after an estimated 1.3 million people sought asylum in Europe, immigration remains a polarizing issue that has reshaped the political landscape across the continent. It’s almost certain to dominate the agenda at a meeting of European Union leaders that begins Wednesday in Salzburg, Vienna: Immigration policy is a priority for Sebastian Kurz, the conservative chancellor of Austria whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, as well as for his coalition allies from the far-right Freedom Party.But the political consequences of the surge of immigrants in 2015—the rise of far-right, anti-immigrant parties—may belie a more sympathetic view of refugees, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-19
  • The Role of the Judiciary in Iraq
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 October 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Faiq Zaidan, Chief Justice, Republic of IraqChair: Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House The 2018 government formation process in Iraq has been marred by uncertainty and disagreement following the unexpected results of the parliamentary elections in May. The political chaos over the past month has revealed the need for an independent judiciary to implement the rule of law and to hold the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-19
  • The soft power–soft disempowerment nexus: the case of Qatar
    10 September 2018 , Volume 94, Number 5 Read online Paul Michael Brannagan and Richard Giulianotti There are four areas in which soft power is open to critical scrutiny. First, research has centred on large and/or developed nations, notably in North America, Europe, east Asia and the BRICs. Second, scholars have called for greater clarity of the concept, noting that it lacks clear explanation of how instances of attraction equate to various power outcomes. Third, others suggest Joseph Nye ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-10
  • How Can a Palestinian-Israeli Confederation Enable the Two-State Solution?
    Invitation Only 20 September 2018 - 6:15pm to 7:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Regent's University | Inner Circle| London | NW1 4NS Yossi Beilin, Minister of Justice (1999-2001), State of IsraelChair: Yossi Mekelberg, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Yossi Beilin, the initiator of the 'Oslo Process' and former Israeli justice minister, will reflect on the current state of relations between Israelis and Palestinians. He will outline his ideas on establishing an Israeli-Palestinian confederation as an enabler of a two-state solution, which takes into consideration the changing circumstances ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-05
  • German and Austrian Media Outrage Me
    Europe's mainstream media has reached a point of distorted frenzy about what it calls the "far-right" and "neo-Nazis." I know. I have just experienced this first hand. Allow me, please, to tell my tale. Ezra Levant of Canada is a brilliant conservative ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-09-18
  • Hints of Trump’s Forthcoming Palestinian-Israeli Plan
    I recently argued at "The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not Last," that Trump has some unpleasant surprises in store for the Israelis. This blog updates and attempts to flesh out what his Palestinian-Israeli plan will be. In an interview with Israel Hayom's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-09-14
  • Why Israelis Shy from Victory
    One day, imagine, a U.S. president tells an Israeli prime minister: "Palestinian extremism damages American security. We need you to end it by achieving victoryover the Palestinians. Do what it takes within legal, moral, and practical boundaries." The ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-08-31