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  • A ‘Quiet Revolution’ Comes to Ireland
    Updated at 1:51 p.m. ETDUBLIN—It was clear a big change was coming to Ireland even as the final votes were still being tallied: Exit polls Friday night showed an overwhelming majority of Irish citizens had voted “Yes” to overturn their country’s constitutional ban on abortion. And on Saturday, it was official.It was supposed to be a much closer contest, and the overwhelming margin in the final tally conflicted with polls leading up to the vote, which seemed to show a public about evenly split on the issue. In the end, roughly 66 percent of Irish voters supported repealing the Irish ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-05-26
  • North Korea Wants to End up Like Pakistan, Not Libya
    When Donald Trump canceled his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—before hinting that it might happen anyway after all, as the South Koreans moved into damage-control mode on Saturday with an impromptu summit of their own—it followed days of discussion over a historical parallel: Libya. U.S. National-Security Adviser John Bolton said the basis for a deal with North Korea was the “Libya model” from 2003 to 2004, when Muammar Qaddafi essentially handed over his entire nuclear program to the United States. For North Korea, however, this allusion to Libya looked “awfully sinister” because, in 2011, less than ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-05-26
  • ‘There’s a Perception That Canada Is Being Invaded’
    It may seem paradoxical. Last year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to issue an open invitation to refugees with a tweet declaring, “to those fleeing persecution, terror & war ... #WelcomeToCanada.” This year, his government is working hard to deter thousands of people who are walking over the U.S. border to seek asylum in Canada.Canada has begun granting refugee status to fewer irregular border crossers—that is, people who walk into the country without going through a designated port of entry. Since President Donald Trump was elected, over 27,000 people have crossed into Canada overland. (By comparison, only 2,000 people ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-05-26
  • The Arrests of Saudi Women’s Driving Activists Underlines the Limits of Reforms
    22 May 2018 Jane Kinninmont Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter The arrest of Saudis who campaigned for women’s right to drive is a reminder of the autocratic nature of the kingdom’s political leadership, even as it embarks on a process of social and economic liberalization. 2018-05-22-saudi-women.jpg A Saudi woman puts on her seat belt during a driving lesson in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 7 March ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-22
  • Cybercrime Legislation in the GCC: Fit for Purpose?
    Invitation Only Research Event 14 June 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Joyce Hakmeh, Research Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House; Co-Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy Over the past few years, most member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have enacted or updated cybercrime laws as part of efforts to address what is acknowledged as a growing security threat. Although currently the preferred way to address this threat in the region is through investment in technology, there is an increasing awareness among the region’s policymakers of ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-17
  • By Pulling Out of Nuclear Deal, Trump Hands Gift to Iranian Hardliners
    9 May 2018 Dr Sanam Vakil Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter The US president has given hardline political elites a unique opportunity to build on Iranian frustration. 2018-05-09-Iran.jpg An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran. Photo: Getty Images. For Iranians, Donald Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the US from the nuclear deal ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-09
  • NYT: Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94
    Richard Pipes in his study in Cambridge, Mass., in 1959. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard. Richard Pipes, the author of a monumental, sharply polemical series of historical works on Russia, the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik regime, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-05-17
  • Enjoy the Jerusalem Embassy – But Don’t Get Giddy
    Yesterday's opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem marks a peak emotional moment for anyone wanting a secure and prosperous Israel; in that spirit, Donald Trump has been hailed as "the best thing that has happened to Israel in a long time." Maybe. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-05-14
  • The Rise of Western Civilizationism
    Victor Orbán's landslide electoral victory on Sunday, gaining 134 seats out of 199 in Hungary's parliament, increases his governing supermajority and endorses his tough policy of excluding illegal immigrants, especially from the Middle East. His success ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-04-13