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New Bank for One Belt, One Road

Published on May 16th, 2017 | by Guest

by Gary Sands A two-day summit to unveil what China is portraying as the infrastructure project of the century concluded on May 15. The $1 trillion initiative is designed to vastly expand free trade in Africa, ... Read More



Israel Aims New Nakba-Style Weapon at Arab Citizens

Published on May 16th, 2017 | by Guest

by Myssana Morany What Jewish Israelis call their War of Independence, Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic. During the 1948 war and its aftermath, Israel depopulated and destroyed 600 Palestinian villages and expelled ... Read More



China: One Belt, One Road, Lots of Obligations

Published on May 15th, 2017 | by Guest

by Sophie Richardson and Hugh Williamson It’s not often that the leaders of democracies like Switzerland and Spain gather with the heads of repressive regimes like North Korea and Uzbekistan, but it seems no one wants to ... Read More



Tensions Rise Ahead of Trump-Erdogan Meeting

Published on May 15th, 2017 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will shortly meet US President Donald Trump in Washington. The meeting was already going to be an interesting one. The US-Turkey relationship is complicated, though both countries are ... Read More



America’s Wars and the “More” Strategy

Published on May 14th, 2017 | by Guest

by Danny Sjursen More, more, more. I was guilty of it myself.  Commanding a small cavalry troop of about 85 soldiers in southwest Kandahar Province back in 2011, I certainly wanted and requested more: more troopers, ... Read More



Iran’s Elections: What You Need to Know

Published on May 13th, 2017 | by Ellie Geranmayeh

by Ellie Geranmayeh On May 19, the Islamic Republic of Iran holds presidential elections, the first following the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani is running against five other candidates, approved by Iran’s Guardian ... Read More

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