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Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and co-founder of emerge85, an initiative dedicated to exploring change in the emerging world and its global impact. Twitter: @afshinmolavi

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Trump clears path for foreign policy switch

When President Donald Trump spoke to a group of senior Washington journalists at the Gridiron Club recently, he knew the routine: Make some light remarks about the news, tell a few self-deprecating jokes, and move on. When Trump began speaking of North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un, he quippe

March 14, 2018

Wanted: An economic revolution in Tunisia

When Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi petitioned his local municipality to get his vending license back after a predatory police officer took it away, he had neither the funds for “baksheesh” (a bribe) nor the appropriate “wasta” (connections), so he was dismissed.

February 21, 2018

Time for a Mideast infrastructure development bank

You can tell a lot about a region by the jokes its peoples tell about themselves. Occasionally a joke travels far and wide, adapted to local circumstances. Here is one I have heard in Dubai, Jeddah and Cairo, and I heard it retold recently in the context of a Palestinian refugee camp.

May 20, 2017