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Time to update missile defense systems

  • The increased capabilities of non-state actors are of growing concern to conventional military forces. Given the Middle East’s own particular security complex, the changing nature of conflict is bringing long-standing military equipment under scrutiny. The Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept...
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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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Time for May to step aside

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons in London on May 8, 2019. (UK Parliament handout photo via AFP) For some time it has been clear that British Prime Minister Theresa May is awa...
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This is the London that is my home

  • I had hesitated about writing this column after the bomb attack in Manchester, trusting that such an incident would not be repeated. However, following Saturday night’s events in London, I feel compelled to take pen to paper. London and Europe are in the teeth of a homegrown terrorist problem...
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This is cultural terrorism

  • It is said that history is written by victors. In that case, it seems it is increasingly destroyed by losers. On Wednesday, the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul was reduced to rubble by Daesh militants as the Iraqi military came within 50 yards of the building. The 900-year-old structure was an...
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Theresa May’s tough stance long overdue

  • A week ago, EU leaders callously shunned the UK’s plan for Brexit at an informal meeting at Salzburg. The so-called Chequers plan, which Mrs. May hammered out with her ministers in July, outlines free trade in goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland and a complicated fix to the customs issue...
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The unrestrained power of Silicon Valley

  • As Mark Zuckerberg continues his “listening tour” to meet with leaders and constituents across the US, there is increasing speculation that he may have the presidency in his sights. The multibillionaire founder of Facebook represents the increasing power of Silicon Valley over the global economy....
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The UK and the Gulf

  • When the UK’s chief political agent for the Gulf informed Bahrain’s hakim of the impending British withdrawal, his response was reportedly: “Why, who asked you to leave?” Such was the legacy of cooperation between London and the region that the speedy departure of British forces was a political...
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The sleeping dragon awakes

  • Xi Jinping is China’s first president to have been born after the Second World War. Having witnessed the impressive expansion and subsequent boom of his country first hand, he is beginning to overtly express a will for China to be more confident and influential.  A return to higher oil...
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The real cost of lockdown

  • The IMF has estimated the cost to the global economy of the pandemic to have been $28 trillion this year, while successive lockdowns are thought to have reduced economic activity in concerned economies by up to 33 percent. The effects of the pandemic on business and trade, though unprecedente...
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