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Assessing the Agreement with Iran

Published on April 9th, 2015 | by Charles Naas

by Charles Naas The spate of immediate reactions to the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six negotiators (the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia and China) has eased somewhat. We can now sit back calmly and assess the nuclear agreement... Read More


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Azerbaijan’s President Goes to Mecca

Published on April 9th, 2015 | by Guest

by Giorgi Lomsadze Yes, you read that right. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on April 7 swapped his usual suit-and-tie look for the white robes of a Muslim pilgrim to Mecca. His wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, and daughters Leyla ... Read More



Israel Joins Chinese Bank, Defies U.S. 

Published on April 9th, 2015 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Updating the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago on how the U.S. failed to persuade some of its closest allies not to join the new Chinese-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), ... Read More


The Global Financial Context: Paul Singer

Paul Singer’s EMP Fetish

Published on April 8th, 2015 | by Eli Clifton

by Eli Clifton The 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls making the rounds of potential campaign moneymen are treating hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer as a major kingmaker, along with his fellow Republican Jewish Coalition director, casino magnate Sheldon ... Read More



Camp David, Dayton, Lausanne

Published on April 8th, 2015 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman In the past four decades, the greatest achievements of American diplomacy were probably the Camp David Accords and the Dayton Agreement. Camp David led to the end of the perpetual state of ... Read More



Who Is Bankrolling Mark Kirk?

Published on April 7th, 2015 | by Eli Clifton

by Eli Clifton As many readers of this blog may know, the Sunday New York Times published a front-page, must-read article (“GOP’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions Shift”) about the ever-tightening relationship between billionaire donors, ... Read More



How to Create an Afghan Backwater

Published on April 7th, 2015 | by Guest

by Anand Gopal The sky clotted gray and the winds gusted cold as the men crowded into an old roadside gas station. It was daybreak in Band-i-Timor, early December 2001, and hundreds of turbaned farmers sat ... Read More

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