One of the key ideas promoted by the European Enlightenment or the Age of Reason of the 18th century is that of progress, according to which human history develops across a curve from a low point to higher and higher points.
December 01, 2017
The Arab League holds an emergency meeting on Lebanon. France and the US agree to work together to contain Hezbollah. Russia indicates support for compromise.
November 25, 2017
This week, President Xi Jinping informed the 19th Congress of the ruling Communist Party that China is ready to seek a more active presence in the international arena. Three factors may have contributed to his decision to bring forward his world leadership bid.
October 28, 2017
“Trump violates international treaty!” “Trump tears up pact signed by world powers!”
October 22, 2017
It is a testimony to the peculiarities of international attention to world events that while every tweet by US President Donald Trump triggers an avalanche of reports, analyzes and outright abuse, little attention is paid as the People’s Republic of China prepares to hold its five-yearly National
October 14, 2017
An old Arab adage asserts that there is always something good in whatever happens. The secession referendum held in the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq is no exception.
October 06, 2017
The Iraqi Kurdistan referendum is a fait accompli. It must be taken into account in shaping future developments, and Masoud Barzani, the man who orchestrated it, must be as pleased as Punch.
September 30, 2017
What is the first thing you should do when you have dug yourself into a hole? Stop digging, obviously. Those involved in the imbroglio over the so-called independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, due to be held on Monday, would do well to heed this advice.
September 23, 2017
For the past week or so, Iranian official media and social networks have been abuzz with anecdotes woven around a football match in Tehran between Iran and Syria, and the light it might shed on a complicated relationship.
September 15, 2017
It is too early to guess how the latest storm triggered by North Korea’s behavior might end. Will this lead to a “surgical” strike on its nuclear sites by the US? Or will it cause “a global catastrophe,” as Russian President Vladimir Putin, never shy of hyperbole, warns?
September 08, 2017