Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering

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by John Feffer When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn’t seriously entertain the worst-case scenario suggested by the title. At the time, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were imploding, while separatist movements… Continue Reading  

Poll: Iranians Want Economic Reform, More Engagement With Europe

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by Derek Davison A new IranPoll survey conducted in August finds that Iranians generally support globalization, want to see economic reform inside Iran, and want to improve their economic ties with Europe in particular. They are concerned, however, that U.S.… Continue Reading  

Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia

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by James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support… Continue Reading  

Iranians and Their iPhones, and the Futility of Sanctions

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by Paul R. Pillar U.S.-imposed economic sanctions often have been misdirected and counterproductive, but a new sanctions-related development involving Iran is especially illustrative.

Donald Trump, the Hawk, Follows His Instincts

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by Charles Davis “My original instinct was to pull out,” he said. “And historically, I like following my instincts.” That was U.S. President Donald Trump, talking about Afghanistan, announcing on Aug. 21 that he was prepared to deploy thousands more… Continue Reading