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It is time for Biden to pull the plug on Vienna talks

  • When Joe Biden campaigned for the presidency in 2020, he did so mainly on a domestic agenda. Getting the US economy back on track and tackling the pandemic were top priorities. Currently, US inflation is at 8.5 percent and this week it was announced that 1 million Americans have now died from C...
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Why NATO should welcome Sweden and Finland

  • In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland, two long-standing militarily non-aligned countries, are now likely to join NATO.  Public opinion in both countries had been mostly against joining the Western military alliance, but the war in Ukraine has dramatically changed...
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Biden needs to wake up to the menace of Iran

  • The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps last week fired 12 ballistic missiles at the US Consulate and military base in Irbil, northern Iraq. The missiles were probably launched from Iranian territory, although this has not been publicly confirmed. Although the attack is a serious escalation in ...
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The world is entering uncharted territory

  • As the war in Ukraine enters its third week, it is clear that a quick end to the fighting is not going to happen. At the time of writing, Russian troops remain stuck outside the major cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv and they are not even close to reaching Odessa. Last week, Ukrainian Foreign Minist...
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Why US should pull the plug on Iran nuclear talks

  • The world is focused on the situation in eastern Europe, but 1,000 kilometers from Kyiv, in Vienna, policymakers are facing another major geopolitical issue: Iran and its nuclear program. Here, too, Russia plays an important role. Since the original Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was nego...
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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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