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Is this the dawn of a new era for relations between Turkey and Armenia?

  • This week, Turkish and Armenian diplomats met in Moscow to discuss reestablishing diplomatic relations and reopening the borders between the two countries. As expected, nothing concrete came out of this first meeting but both sides pledged to continue the dialogue. Turkey and Armenia have had ...
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Kim’s missile tests matter for the Arab world

  • There is no shortage of geopolitical challenges facing the world. COVID-19 infections are at record levels, thesituation in Ukraine remains tense and unresolved, Iran continues to export terrorism across the Middle East,most of Afghanistan’s population is starving, China continues to threaten T...
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France takes the EU helm at a crucial time

  • France on Saturday assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union, a position that rotates every six months among the EU member states. Holding this position is a big deal. With 27 members in the EU, each country has a long wait for their turn. It is an opportunity for member sta...
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NATO needs to enhance its relations with MENA nations

  • This week, the 30 foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Riga, Latvia. The timing of the meeting could not have been better. The top item on the agenda was the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s actions toward that country in recent weeks. Another focus was on analyz...
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Formal recognition of Taliban would be a lifeline for extremists

  • In August, as the Biden administration was pursuing a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban seized control of the country with a rapid military offensive. Now, the extremist group is seeking international recognition. At the time of writing, no country in the world has formally reco...
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Why NATO should build closer ties with the Middle East

  • The leaders of the 30 NATO member countries this month met in Brussels for a major summit. It was the first top-level NATO gathering since the pandemic began and also the first since President Joe Biden entered the White House. Understandably, Russia and China were at the top of the agenda. Mo...
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Jet-setting Biden’s focus to remain on domestic issues

  • Joe Biden on Thursday completed his first overseas trip as president of the US. No president since Dwight Eisenhower, in the early 1960s, waited so long in his first term before traveling overseas. This is probably a reflection of the Biden administration’s priority being its domestic agenda, r...
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The world doesn’t need a ‘cold war’ in the Arctic

  • The foreign ministers of the eight Arctic countries — Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the US — gathered in Iceland last week for the Arctic Council ministerial meeting. The council, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the international commun...
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Redrawing borders in the Balkans would be a colossal mistake

  • A diplomatic shockwave has struck the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. A leaked diplomatic note, allegedly attributed to Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and meant for European Council President Charles Michel, proposed the redrawing of borders along ethnic and religious lines to help ...
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Why Gulf states should keep a closer eye on the Arctic

  • Russia conducted a major military exercise in the Arctic last week. Much of the exercise took place near the Franz Josef Land archipelago, where Moscow maintains an important military base. The Russian Ministry of Defense released a video showing a brace of MiG-31 fighter jets flying over the ...
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