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Iran and the United States: What Comes Next

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In order to understand the current confrontation between Iran and the United States, we might begin with the Persian-Babylonian wars. Alternatively, we could begin...

The Geopolitical Consequences of Australia’s Wildfires

The tragedy has been well documented, but its potential global effects have not.

The Power Players in Libya’s Civil War

The number of concerned parties is growing by the day, but Russia and Turkey remain the conflict’s center of gravity.

Putin’s State of the Nation Address and His Path to Future Power

The president is looking for ways to carry out his agenda beyond 2024.

Returning to the Beginning

In recent weeks, I have been writing on the very ordinary but precious moments of my life. I wrote about the complexity of my...

Palace Intrigue and Paranoia in North Korea

Pyongyang has welcomed in the new year by hinting that something isn’t quite right in the Hermit Kingdom.

Evaluating the Importance of Recent Events

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There are moments when the entire world seems to be coming apart, as if Armageddon itself were upon us. Public attention tends to be...

The Limits of Germany’s Economic Outreach to Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Over more than three and a half hours...

For Turkey, a New Chapter in an Old Rivalry

The Mediterranean is once again a key focus of Turkish power projection ambitions.

The UAE’s Bipolar Foreign Policy

Under the leadership of Mohammad bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi has become militarily adventurist, even as it subverts itself to the U.S.

The Kenya Attack and Soleimani’s Killing

The timing, target, execution and history of economic ties mean we should consider whether the two events are linked.

Iranian and American Strategies After Soleimani

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Iran has expressed outrage at the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, and has announced a resumption of its nuclear...

Iran and the United States: What Comes Next

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In order to understand the current confrontation between Iran and the United States, we might begin with the Persian-Babylonian wars. Alternatively, we could begin...

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Beyond Borders: A History of Mexican Migration to the United States Timothy J. Henderson “Beyond Borders” chronicles the history of the ebb and flow of Mexican...

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Returning to the Beginning

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