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  • What We’re Talking About When We Talk About Military Aid to Ukraine
    When Adam Schiff asked Bill Taylor, the first witness in the House’s public impeachment hearings, to explain to Americans why U.S. security assistance to Ukraine matters for their own security, America’s top diplomat in Kyiv went big. Really big.“It affects the world that we live in, that our children will grow up in and our grandchildren,” Taylor declared. “Ukraine is on the front line” of a struggle to prevent Russia from trampling on the post–World War II order, which “actually kept the peace in Europe for nearly 70 years.”We’ve heard this sentiment repeatedly during the inquiry, but is it true? ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-11-21
  • What’s Driving Apolitical Diplomats to Get Political
    Battered by haphazard decisions and neglect, the State Department has seen a mass exodus of diplomats during the Trump administration. Now some former diplomats are so worried about what another Trump term would mean—further erosion of alliances, more loss of credibility with friends and foes alike—that they are for the first time taking their services and experience to 2020 candidates, hoping to stop him.But whom to pick?A former diplomat concerned about immediately working to repair relationships with foreign counterparts, and returning to “business as usual” American diplomacy, might favor Joe Biden.Others who think that presidential war powers should be reined ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-11-20
  • Photos of Australia’s ‘Catastrophic’ Bushfires
    Saeed Khan / AFP / Getty Southeastern Australia has been swept by devastating bushfires for the past month—the state of New South Wales currently has more than 50 fires burning, and blames the blazes for the loss of four lives and more than 500 homes. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency on November 11, and residents have been warned of “catastrophic” fire conditions, as extreme high temperatures and strong winds remain in the forecast. Below, images from southeastern Australia over the past few weeks, of the fires and of those coping with the disaster. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-11-20
  • Vassilis Ntousas
    Academy Fellow, Europe Programme Biography Vassilis Ntousas is hosted by the Europe Programme. His research focuses on the links between EU foreign policy in an era of global institutional turbulence and the defence and transformation of the multilateral system.From 2015-2019, he was the senior international relations policy advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in Brussels. In this role, he was responsible for leading the design and implementation of the foundation’s global research and activity programmes, covering the world’s major regions.Prior to FEPS, he worked as a communications and political advisor at the Municipality of ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-11-21
  • Libya Needs an Economic Commission to Exit From Violence
    20 November 2019 Tim Eaton Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @el_khawaga LinkedIn A new effort to manage the economy, one that brings together both sides of the war with international partners, is an essential step forward. 2019-11-20-LD.jpg Angela Merkel greets Fayez al-Serraj, prime minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, in May. Photo: Getty Images. There has been a stark ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-11-20
  • Report Launch – Owners of the Republic: An Anatomy of Egypt’s Military Economy
    Invitation Only Research Event 12 December 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Yezid Sayigh, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Middle East CenterDavid Butter, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House The Egyptian military accounts for far less of the national economy than is commonly believed but transformations in its role and scope since 2013 have turned it into an autonomous economic actor that can reshape markets ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-11-18
  • America’s Early Apologists for Islamism
    The good, the just, and the chic of the United States enjoy filling the role of Islam's patrons. The Establishment emphasizes several benign and simplistic themes: There is no clash of civilizations. Terrorism is not Islamic. Islam is compatible with ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-11-19
  • Erdogan’s Turkish Delight
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's rule over Turkey began in March 2003 and divides precisely into two eras. In the first half, which lasted 8 years and 4 months, he was brilliant. He oversaw unprecedented economic growth and regional influence. He tackled ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-11-13
  • Middle Eastern Gyrations
    As ever, the Middle East is monumentally in flux. As usual, most developments are negative. Here's a guide: Water replaces petroleum as the key liquid: Oil and gas still provide nearly 60 percent of the world's energy, but this number is declining and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-11-11