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Drought’s contribution to growing risks of conflict

  • A report released earlier this month by the Environmental Justice Foundation adds to a growing body of research that suggests a historically severe drought in Syria was an important — though certainly not the sole — factor contributing to the conflict there, and that drought poses an...
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China’s BRI might reshape the GCC’s geostrategic environment

  • During US President Donald Trump’s visit to China on Nov. 9, the two countries’ leaders discussed potential American cooperation with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), designed to develop the country’s economic links with countries across Asia and potentially beyond....
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The year women spoke out against harassment

  • The year that just finished felt like the year that women spoke up. In the US, it started with the historically huge Women’s March on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. More quietly, 2017 saw more American women deciding to run for local, state and federal...
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Governments must do more to tackle corruption in 2018

  • Corruption is likely to be a driving issue behind political developments around the world in 2018. Public anger toward perceived or real abuses of political power for personal financial gain will play a role in a number of elections and protest movements....
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Increasing polarization of US political parties a threat to system

  • The make-up of the two main US political parties — Republicans and Democrats — is changing in ways that are likely to feed into the trend of hardening partisanship, with potentially negative long-term consequences for American democracy....
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Climate change-fueled migration will add to global instability

  • In March, US media reported on two groups who could claim the title of the country’s first “climate refugees” — a Native American tribe in Louisiana and a coastal community in Alaska. Both communities are planning to relocate away from land that is disappearing. They are not alone. A few other...
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Conditions must be right before Syrian refugees can return

  • The EU and UN this week led a two-day conference of countries in Brussels designed to support “the future of Syria and the region,” including pledging assistance for Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. While such aid is badly needed, longer-term efforts to end the civil war ...
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Trump’s shifting attitudes toward foreign partners

  • In the last fortnight, the world has watched as US President Donald Trump somewhat grumpily attended an elite meeting of traditional allies and then happily held a historic summit with the leader of North Korea. Two photos in particular demonstrated the unusual juxtaposition: One from...
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Syria’s Kurds try to carve out a future among competing threats

  • Last week, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main Kurdish party in Syria, marked the 15th anniversary of its founding. During that time, the party has shifted from being an obscure Kurdish political branch into one of the primary players in the fight against Daesh. Now, however, the party —...
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Traditional, centrist parties under threat as voters seek change

  • (AFP) Elections and political events in recent years have revealed the serious weakness of the traditional, centrist parties in Europe, the US and some other countries, such as Brazil and Israel. In many countries, voters are clearly tired of parties that, in many cases, ...
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