Resolution of Caspian Sea Status Closer Than Ever

Five presidents of the Caspian states at the 2014 Caspian summit

by David O’Byrne A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, allowing for the laying of pipelines on the seabed and banning foreign military forces, has reportedly been agreed by the five bordering states. Officials also have… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Necessary Encounters with Kim and Putin

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (Dan Scavino Jr. via Wikimedia Commons)

by Robert E. Hunter By the middle of next month, President Donald Trump will have defied both protocol and US elite opinion by meeting with leaders of two countries who, to put it mildly, do not wish the United States… Continue Reading  

Bazaar Protest Sign of Iranian Pessimism

Currency laid out at an Iranian bazaar (Shutterstock)

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani It’s not every day that Iran’s bazaar merchants close their shops to protest high prices. They are of course not protesting the high price of bread or chicken, whose prices have not increased, but of dollars, which… Continue Reading  

Russia, China, and the West

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by Tony Brenton As relations have deteriorated, the West has taken to referring to Russia’s “isolation.” This is dangerous solipsism. Russia’s growing confrontation with the West has led her to look actively for partners elsewhere. In the Middle East for example… Continue Reading  

How America’s Wars Fund Inequality at Home

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by Stephanie Savell In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. Never before has this country relied so heavily on deficit spending to pay for its… Continue Reading