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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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UK admiral’s key role reflects global naval renaissance

  • Adm. Sir Tony Radakin is no average naval officer. Having studied law alongside his Royal Navy career, he qualified as a barrister and was subsequently called to the bar. Despite reaching the lofty rank of first sea lord, a title which predates that of prime minister by two centuries, this most...
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The Gulf’s special challenge on climate change

  • For decades, the Gulf states have enjoyed an oversized role in global energy markets owing to their status as producers, petrodollars having simultaneously encouraged staggering energy inefficiencies at home. As the world works toward the aims of the Paris Agreement on climate change, how the G...
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Harnessing the people’s strength key to Afghanistan’s future

  • Lyse Doucett, the BBC’s chief international correspondent, last week joined the ranks of those lamenting recent events in Afghanistan with a poignant “Love Letter to Kabul.” The gesture echoed the mood among many that, with the return of the Taliban, the country’s diversity and rich heritage, w...
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Time running out for Kais Saied to fix Tunisia’s economy

  • Nine governments in 10 years, the worst COVID-19 experience in the region and a collapsing economy make up the legacy of the so-called Arab Spring in Tunisia. It was, therefore, no surprise that, when President Kais Saied last month sent a tank to bar the doors of parliament, thousands of Tunis...
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Beirut violence shows the Taif Agreement is dead

  • The Beirut Port blast, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, was the horrific climax to successive failures of the Lebanese state. Last week, as a judicial probe into the oversights that led to the disaster continued to condemn those responsible, violence erupted in the Lebanese...
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Prospects for Maghreb mediation appear poor

  • Rarely in international relations do two states with relatively homogenous ethnicities, religious beliefs and cultural similarities have such tumultuous interactions as Morocco and Algeria. It had been hoped in some quarters that the global economic challenges of the last two years would facili...
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Regional political watershed lends itself to new alliance

  • After the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement is the largest grouping of states in the world. Originally established to keep states outside of the political and economic polarization of the Cold War, it forms an important link between the newly independent countries of the developing world. In the Mi...
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Lebanon’s self-serving elite unable to stop freefall

  • There is nothing new about Lebanon’s “new prime minister.” A billionaire, of a certain age, Najib Mikati has, in fact, been in the job twice before. His plan to approach “Arab brothers to hold Lebanon’s hand and stop the freefall” is also, sadly, not new. Lebanon’s problems today are the direc...
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