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Warming Iran-Taliban ties will have consequences for region

  • On a hot day in August 1998, the Taliban conquered Mazar-e-Sharif, the holy city believed by some to be the final resting place of Caliph Ali bin Abi Taleb. The conquest was described as a frenzied takeover, as Taliban fighters shot at “anything that moved,” killing hundreds of Hazara Shiites, ...
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Victoria College: A model to replicate

  • The obituaries of renowned intellectual Edward Said, King Hussein of Jordan, Hollywood actor Omar Sharif and the illustrious Adnan Khashoggi share a common detail: They all attended Victoria College in Alexandria. These figures, all leaders and pioneers in their own fields, are part of a long l...
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US-China trade war masks worrying military buildup

  • US Vice President Mike Pence. (Reuters) The tension around trade at the G20 summit last week masked a more troublesome reality —the unyielding nature of the competition between the US and China. Just a week prior, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Association of Southeast A...
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US withdrawal adds more fuel to Syria conflict

  • A convoy of US military vehicles arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate after withdrawing from northern Syria. (AFP)  For years, Syria enjoyed an eerie serenity as its people lived in fear of being picked up by one of the country’s four com...
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US media has to win back public’s faith in post-Trump era

  • Aside from the bellicose denouncements, the denials, the Senate trials and the rallies, what the Donald Trump presidency will truly be remembered for is the storming of the Capitol this month. This act drew consternation and, at some moments, horror. However, more significantly, though somewhat...
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US can ill afford to ostracize its Europe allies

  • The close relationship between the US and Western European powers has been central to the post-war international system. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central and Eastern European countries also came into the American sphere of influence after parting from Moscow. This week, Europ...
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US alliances in peril

  • In a series of Twitter tirades this week, US President Donald Trump managed to threaten nuclear Armageddon, the withdrawal of aid to the Palestinians, and to derail America’s critical relationship with Pakistan. Such actions are all the more worrying as the US finds its alliances unraveling...
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Unlocking the potential of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • Glistening above the calm waters of the Gulf stands an enormous dome of overlapping geometric lattices weighing more than 7,500 tons: The Louvre Abu Dhabi. An artwork in itself, Jean Nouvel’s spectacular structure opened to great fanfare last week as the world’s largest art museum came to the...
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UK must commit to Canada-US model in Brexit talks

  • The overarching objective for Theresa May’s patchwork government of Remainers, Leavers and Northern Irish Unionists is reaching the best possible terms for the UK’s upcoming withdrawal from the European Union. With increasingly defined parameters from No. 10, it is clear the UK will not budge on...
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UK aims to tighten diplomatic noose around Russia

  • Allied against Napoleon, enemies during the Crimean War, rivals in Central Asia during the Great Game in the late 19th century and then forced to unite to defeat Nazism, UK-Russian relations have long been tumultuous. The two countries, who also share a history of intense espionage activit...
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