Ideology Trumps Defense of Ethnic, Religious, and Minority Rights

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by James M. Dorsey A global rise of nationalist and populist tendencies has not only given anti-migrant, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and racist tendencies a new lease on life, but opened the door to alliances between groups that once would have had… Continue Reading  

Multiple Diplomatic Spats with Saudi Arabia

Samar Badawi, flanked by Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton (Wikimedia Commons)

by James M. Dorsey The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Scorched Earth Tour of Europe

Theresa May and Donald Trump (White House via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick Like many other US citizens, I get very nervous every time Donald Trump goes to meet with foreign leaders. Whether they are friend, foe, competitor, or ally, it seems almost inevitable that Trump will find a creative… Continue Reading  

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like?

The Arch of Reunification in Pyongyang (Wikimedia Commons)

by John Feffer Korean reunification is, for the most part, an ideal rather than a concrete plan. But that hasn’t always been the case. In the 1950s, reunification was a military goal: the forced absorption of one side by the… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Balancing Act on Nuclear Deal: Wooing Trump Without Losing Iran

Federica Mogherini, the EU's point person on foreign policy

by Ellie Geranmayeh For much of Iran’s political elite, and its overwhelmingly young population, the nuclear deal is becoming a story of failure. This situation risks impacting on Tehran’s willingness to engage politically and to reach diplomatic compromises with Western… Continue Reading