Dealing with Bolton: Appeasement is Not an Option

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by Eldar Mamedov John Bolton, the newly appointed national security advisor to the President Donald Trump, summarized in his memoirs his experiences as the US ambassador to the United Nations by saying that “surrender is not an option.” Throughout his… Continue Reading  

Europe, Iran Baffled by US Position on Nuclear Deal

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by Mohammad Ghaderi and Javad Heiran-Nia During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “the worst deal ever” for the US. In his first State of the Union address in January, Trump called on Congress… Continue Reading  

The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic

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by Juliette Legendre When Marine Le Pen took the reins of her father’s French far-right National Front party, she launched a well-crafted communication strategy to de-demonize the party’s image. She distanced herself from unsavory associations and condemned the party’s more… Continue Reading  

Will EU Blacklist All of Hezbollah?

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by Eldar Mamedov When President Donald Trump threatened not to waive sanctions on the nuclear deal with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) unless the agreement´s supposed flaws were “fixed,” he also issued a number of demands… Continue Reading  

Burkina Faso’s Alarming Escalation of Jihadist Violence

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by Rinaldo Depagne Attacks on the Burkina Faso army headquarters and the French Embassy on 2 March 2018 were better organized, involved heavier weapons and were more sustained than anything seen so far in Burkina Faso. In this Q&A, our West Africa… Continue Reading