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Is Assad out from the cold?

  • At the outset of the Arab Spring, President Bashar Assad’s Syria was part of a very clear regional setup. Despite its sister Baathist regime in Baghdad toppled and its hidden hand pried off of Lebanon, Syria relished its unchallenged mantle of Arab nationalism in a region where only Jordan and ...
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Concert diplomacy regains importance amid today’s global challenges

  • As the world struggled with the effects of the 1973 oil crisis, finance ministers from six of the world’s leading economies — France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US — formalized their cooperation amid the instability they were experiencing. Disruptions to energy supplies had led to wi...
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Bread crisis threatens Saied’s constitutional ambitions

  • It was not meant to be this way for Tunisian President Kais Saied. Last July, he sacked the government and suspended parliament. He hoped his high-handedness would unclog a mixed parliamentary-presidential system often dogged by deadlock and nepotism. Tunisians, weary of the post-revolutionary...
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Fraudsters blur divisions between art, property and digital assets in the online age

  • Around 330 million people are victims of online crime every year, a number so significant that the amount spent on fraud detection is expected to jump to $129 billion around the world this year. The rise of cryptocurrencies has exacerbated this problem, and last year crypto criminals stole a r...
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Zemmour a symptom of France’s political malaise

  • French employers “have the right to refuse Arabs or blacks” and “all Muslims, whether they say it or not, consider (Islamist terrorists) to be ‘good Muslims’” — these wild assertions are not from the chat room of a far-right website, they are the public statements for which French presidential ...
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Morocco’s language lesson to boost prosperity

  • Of the many indicators used to measure a country’s prospects for development, perhaps the most overlooked is that of language. Across the world, governments looking to secure competitive advantages are facing critical decisions about linguistic policies. This is nowhere more so than in Morocc...
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Strength in unity is the way forward for the GCC

  • An organization that is entering its fifth decade has, much like a person, a lot of experience to work from but also a great deal to plan for. In 1981, the Gulf’s emirs and sheikhs set aside centuries of rivalries and enmities to club together to contain post-revolutionary Iran. Sheikh Zayed ...
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Boris on the brink (again)

  • After a succession of public relations debacles in recent weeks, Boris Johnson’s government in the UK now faces a rebellion in the House of Commons over proposed new COVID restrictions. With cases doubling every three days, the government has called for working from home again and for face ma...
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France’s faltering international influence

  • After dozens of people died when their dinghy sank in the English Channel last month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron. Blowing away the collegiality of the memo, Macron responded with his now customary bluster, criticizing the UK and igno...
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Pressure mounts as Britain tires of PM’s comedy of errors

  • Just two months after the defeat of Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill, the British leader whose stubborn stoicism helped to galvanize the war effort, was voted out of office. The British public, grateful to their prime minister for seeing them through the conflict, felt that a Labour government w...
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