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Ukraine: On the Edge of Empires

Ukraine: On the Edge of Empires

The name "Ukraine" literally translates as "on the edge." It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of another and more frequently divided. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was divided between Russia, Poland and the Ottoman Empire. In the 19th century, ...

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Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

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Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series about Russia's intensifying focus on East Asia. Part 1 examines Russia's traditional interests in the region and its closer relationship with Vietnam.

Recent challenges in exporting energy to Europe have made an orientation ...

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Letter from Kurdistan

Letter from Kurdistan

At the edge of empires lies Kurdistan, the land of the Kurds. The jagged landscape has long been the scene of imperial aggression. For centuries, Turks, Persians, Arabs, Russians and Europeans looked to the mountains to buffer their territorial prizes farther afield, depriving the local mountain ...

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Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement

Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement

A deal between Iran and the P-5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) was reached Saturday night. The Iranians agreed to certain limitations on their nuclear program while the P-5+1 agreed to remove certain economic sanctions. The next negotiation, scheduled for ...

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Letter from Tangier

Letter from Tangier

Morocco rarely figures into international news headlines these days, something of a virtue in this restive part of the world. The term Maghreb, which translates as "land of the setting sun," eventually came to denote a stretch of land starting in the Western Sahara and running through the Atlas ...

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France-Israel Relations and the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

France-Israel Relations and the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Israel for an official state visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah on Sunday, bringing a promise to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, along with an ardent wish to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

From Hollande’s ...

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The U.S.-Iran Talks: Ideology and Necessity

The U.S.-Iran Talks: Ideology and Necessity

The talks between Iran and the Western powers have ended but have not failed. They will reconvene next week. That in itself is a dramatic change from the past, when such talks invariably began in failure. In my book The Next Decade, I argued that the United States and Iran would move toward ...

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China's Inevitable Changes

China's Inevitable Changes

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China will convene its Third Plenum meeting Nov. 9. During the three-day session, President Xi Jinping's administration will outline core reforms to guide its policymaking for the next decade. The Chinese government would have the world believe that ...

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The Dangers of The Islamophobia Campaign by the OIC

The Dangers of The Islamophobia Campaign by the OIC

OCTOBER 27, 2013, ZÛRICH, SWITZERLAND: ICLA notes with great concern the ongoing OIC campaign, using the pretext of “Islamophobia”, to control the media and to stifle freedom of expression, as seen recently at the OIC conference The First International Conference on Islamophobia: Law & Media, ...

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