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Foreign players continue to meddle, and chief among them is Russia. Syria was once a Soviet ally and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB colonel, is determined to prop up his only ally in the Middle East. Iran and Saudi Arabia continue to remain involved. Of late, Turkey has jumped into the fray with muddled ideas and foggier plans. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam blows hot and cold without being able to decide what exactly it will do.
The Syrian civil war will continue because of protracted repression, rising sectarianism, the collapse of Iraq, extensive foreign interference and a tortured past.
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Though #Tunisia presents the greatest promise of democracy in the Arab world, its aid package from the United States is dwarfed by what goes to Israel and at least four other Arab countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. As the future of Tunisian assistance will soon fall to the new US president and Congress, this balance of aid distribution in the Middle East and North Africa should be reconsidered.
This series focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next US president. In this second part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the economic and security challenges in Tunisia.
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A sense of destabilized perception and constant confusion would aptly express the feelings of many Americans trying to fathom how Donald Trump has come so far in this election. Just like Larry King in his aborted interview, we are left to wonder what’s going on, and how the connection between politics and reality got lost.
Just like Larry King in his aborted interview with Donald Trump, America has been left wondering what’s going on.
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The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime in Damascus. It’s a nightmare for those who try to escape and face the prospect of death in transit or limbo in refugee camps.
The nightmare of Syria can be seen as a gloomy metaphor for what is happening within the borders of other countries.
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As world leaders meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is pushing for the ratification of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. With Britain, China and the US among those who have pledged to formally ratify their commitment to combat global warming, 55 nations need to come together to make it a legal reality.
How did climate change become a partisan issue in America?
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Democracy is not illusive in Iraq. To help the war-torn country get there, however, the United States must finally engage in long-term thinking. In a departure from the policies of past administrations, the next US president should support the democratic potential of Iraqi youth by exploring policy options geared toward the health of the country’s next generation.
This series focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next US president. In this first part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the importance of future US policy toward Iraq.
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Anyone who ever had to endure endless queues to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa will understand this question of its popularity. Nestled among our civilization’s most magnificent creations, the story of the world’s most famous painting is not so much a story about artistic merit, but about how art breaks into our culture.
The adulation of the Mona Lisa tells a story about popular culture.
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Closer Italy-Africa relations can pave the way for mutually advantageous business deal-making and investments. Engagement on the economic front can proceed along a dual track: On the one hand, involving large Italian corporations, and on the other, small and medium-scale Italian enterprises. If done right, African partners can be involved in both cases.
In the last of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy’s relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa.
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America has always had an underground sex trade, and for decades most pimps followed the same general script: They would recruit sex workers on the street, in bars and in strip clubs. But over the past 20 years, the internet has become the major marketplace for the sex trade.
As players in the service economy, pimps have learned to embrace the online marketplace and seem to be staying one step ahead of the law.
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Russia’s military operations in Syria—from their sudden beginning to their sudden downturn—were an example of Moscow’s pragmatic approach, which till today has produced relatively successful results. By starting those operations, Russia met part of its interests.
Opportunities across the board await Russia in its foreign policy, but it must be careful not to upset existing allies.
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With China and Hong Kong entering uncharted political territory, it remains to be seen how Deng Xiaoping’s grand ambition of having a united China can be fulfilled, given that both sides are likely to fight fire with fire to assert their own positions of power.

#china   #HongKong  
Will Hong Kong’s recent election lead to a cohesive and sustainable approach in dealings with China?
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Global reactions to the military exercise have varied, but as with any joint project between China and Russia there have been ample speculation that the move signals a growing partnership between Beijing and Moscow. Joint Sea 2016 does have a geopolitical intent, but the message is more about the waters of the South China Sea than an emerging Eurasian alliance.
A strong partnership between Russia and China is capable of changing global trade and the balance of power.
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