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  • South Korea May Have Just Helped Break a Nuclear Impasse
    Over the past year, the South Korean government has pursued what could be called the Field of Dreams approach to resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis: If you build peace, they will come. President Moon Jae In, a longtime practitioner of the liberal “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with North Korea, has repeatedly sought to establish facts on the ground that favor diplomacy when the ground has convulsed beneath his feet.When U.S. and North Korean leaders were threatening one another with nuclear war, Moon seated them an arm’s length away from one another while hosting the “peace” Olympics in Pyeongchang. When ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-19
  • American Weirdness: Observations From an Expat
    Sometimes it begins with the toothpaste. Whenever I go back to the United States from Europe, where I’ve lived for more than half my adult life, I’ll often find myself in a jet-lagged fog at a huge American drugstore staring at the toothpaste aisle. Why? I ask myself, or anyone who’s around. Why are there so many kinds of toothpaste? Whitening, baking soda, clean mint, fresh mint, gel, paste, swirls of gel and paste, kids’ toothpastes, sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Why?It’s not that there isn’t a variety of toothpaste in Paris, where I live. France is a developed country with a market ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-18
  • Russia’s Tangled Syria Policy May Prove Unsustainable
    A Russian military plane was shot down over the Mediterranean on Monday—an incident that, despite being the direct result of antiaircraft fire from its Syrian ally, Moscow blamed on Israel, another of its de facto allies. The incident shows not only the clashing tangle of competing interests in Syria as the civil war nears its end, but also how easily that dynamic can rupture carefully cultivated relationships.At issue is the Russian Ilyushin-20 aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean on Monday by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile, an incident that killed 15 Russian military personnel. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the aircraft ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-09-18
  • Iran and the GCC: Hedging, Pragmatism and Opportunism
    13 September 2018 Iran’s relations with the Gulf states are guided by opportunism rather than an overarching strategy. Read online Download PDF Dr Sanam Vakil Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @SanamVakil Iran and the GCC: Hedging, Pragmatism and Opportunism SummaryThe withdrawal of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has renewed international attention on ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-04
  • Countering War Economies in MENA
    This project seeks to understand the respective role played by military, economic and political actors in the development of war economies in the Middle East and North Africa, where many such actors are invested in the perpetuation of war to sustain their revenue streams. The collapse of central authority across states in the Middle East and North Africa has led to a fragmentation of power and contributed to the development of entrenched war economies that in many cases incentivise violence.In Syria, conflict has paved the way for new groups and elites to control territory and generate revenues. In Yemen ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-03
  • North Africa Dialogues
    This initiative seeks to create a forum for constructive, policy-driven debate among leaders from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt to engage in a dialogue series on areas of mutual economic and security interest. North African states share many similar political, economic and security challenges yet there is currently limited cooperation among them. Transforming North African countries’ economic agendas is important for their long-term sustainability.The economies of these countries remain plagued by dependence on the public sector for employment while private enterprise struggles to grow. Years of economic and social underdevelopment threaten to undermine stability within the region.The poor level ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-03
  • Venezuela’s Tyranny of Bad Ideas
    Ideas run the world: good ones create freedom and wealth; bad ones, oppression and poverty. Sure, money is important, but money is but a means to an end. Ideas are the end. You are not what you eat; you are what you think. Politicians in particular fall ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-08-26
  • Hungary: Not “Submitting to Islam”
    BUDAPEST – No European head of government talks remotely like Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orbán. For example, he recently spoke of building in Hungary a "constitutional order based on national and Christian foundations," thereby avoiding a future in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-08-13
  • Who Are Europe’s Most Important Politicians?
    "Who is the most important European alive today?" I asked in early 2010. Dutch politician Geert Wilders, came my answer, because "he is best placed to deal with the Islamic challenge facing the continent." I even raised the prospect of his emerging "as a ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-08-01