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A clear best choice to lead world trade reform

  • Erudite debates, extensive interviews and the occasional whiff of controversy surround the selection process for the pivotal and crucial role of director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Some of the candidates are unknown outside top-level business, international organizations and...
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A launch failure and a sign of troubles to come

  • Last week, Iran’s rush to launch a satellite into orbit ultimately failed — the latest in a string of mishaps that have prevented the country from significantly upgrading its ballistic missile capabilities after at least three other attempts, or so Washington thinks.  The latest attempt ...
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Anti-Daesh coalition’s progress threatened by unilateral moves

  • For the 81-member Global Coalition Against Daesh, the events of March and October delivered on critical objectives, having wrested Daesh’s last territory and killed its notorious leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, respectively. At its height, Daesh controlled more than 50,000 square kilometers of te...
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Biden aims for the impossible in Afghanistan

  • A cursory examination of the emerging US policy on Afghanistan would probably conclude that the strategy to end a two decade-old, mostly fruitless, military intervention is ill-conceived and mistimed. That view has substantial support even among the ranks of Washington's dovish cohort, whi...
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Challenges 2019 will bring for the Arab world

  • Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan December 25, 2018. (Reuters) It has only been a few days since the New Year fireworks lit up the skies of many of the world’s cities. For a brief moment, it was possibl...
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Coronavirus: What the Middle East can do to stay safe

  • Few things are as haunting as tracking a viral outbreak through the cascade of headlines detailing worsening statistics, cities under lockdown, closed borders, canceled flights, evacuations and quarantines. More than 12,000 people have now been infected by the Wuhan coronavirus, mostly in China...
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Daesh is defeated but its specter haunts us still

  • Men suspected of being Daesh wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 27, 2019. (AFP) On March 23, just two weeks ago, one of the most gripp...
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Don’t make the poor pay for global warming

  • The visible effects of climate change occupy an increasing share of the international consciousness. This year alone, fires ravaged parts of the Amazon rainforest and across the Arctic Circle, from Siberia to Canada’s Northwest Territories. Glaciers are melting at alarming rates and hurricanes ...
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Libya — a tale of two governments, again

  • A troubling sense of deja vu has settled over Libya in recent months, following the escalations that capped the failure last year to hold general elections and finally end a senseless struggle between rival governments with self-proclaimed mandates over post-Muammar Qaddafi life in the country....
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New winners in the war America lost

  • The end of an era looms in Afghanistan after 20 years of a costly and tumultuous war. What began as a counterterrorism campaign to degrade Al-Qaeda soon morphed into what should have been an enduring nation-building exercise. However, the numbers of dead, injured, and displaced will continue to...
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