Why the World Will Have to Live with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea

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by Rajan Menon It’s time to face reality. When it comes to a nuclear-armed North Korea, the question is no longer “if” but “when.” Denuclearization, the goal underlying UN Security Council sanctions, has become a chimera. Though there’s much that… Continue Reading  

Qatar Crisis Could Lead to War: Veteran US Diplomat

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by Jim Lobe Given the fast-moving events in the Persian Gulf region over the past two weeks, LobeLog decided to consult Chas W. Freeman, Jr., whose occasional lectures on key foreign policy issues have been featured on this site for… Continue Reading  

The Gulf Crisis: Secondary Effects

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by James Spencer There is a putative Chinese curse: “may you live in interesting times.” It’s especially the case where the markets are concerned. Markets hate instability, and yet that is exactly what they have experienced this past week in… Continue Reading  

Taking Iraq’s Oil

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by Edward Hunt The leaders of the United States have provided many reasons for their numerous interventions in Iraq. President Donald Trump has focused on one thing: the United States should take the country’s oil. During late 2015, when he… Continue Reading  

Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

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by Justin Burke As Russia prepares to celebrate Orthodox Christmas, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has many reasons to be pleased this holiday season. Russia, after all, has received an abundance of geopolitical gifts over the past year. But for all the… Continue Reading