Saudi Arabia: Loss of Economic Confidence

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by Charles Kestenbaum Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is leading a delegation to the US in coming weeks, seeking to attract massive US investment in the IT and high-tech sectors. The crown prince’s development plan for Saudi Arabia—called… Continue Reading  

Belarus: Still at War with Press and “Parasites”

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by Tatyana Ivanova Belarus is the only member, aside from Russia, of the Union State. The two countries have a common customs area and a military treaty, but different financial systems, economics, governance and legislation. They also have similar approaches… Continue Reading  

Winning the Post-ISIS Battle for Iraq in Sinjar

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by International Crisis Group Seized by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in August 2014, Sinjar, a majority-Yazidi district on Iraq’s north-western border with Syria, has been the scene of tragedy: a genocidal campaign of killings, rape, abductions and enslavement, and the… Continue Reading  

Buttering Up the Pentagon

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by Danny Sjursen Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats… Continue Reading  

The Rohingya, R2P, and Civilian Protection

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by Corrie Hulse Imagine being forced to flee your home because the military is attacking and killing your neighbors, burning down your village, and raping and abducting your wife and children. You want to turn to your government for help,… Continue Reading