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Stability, foreign investment helping Morocco boom

  • French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Moroccan King Mohammed VI. (AFP) On a bright autumn afternoon in Tangier last year, French President Emmanuel Macron beamed as he walked alongside the stately figure of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. To great fanfare, they inaugurated Africa’s firs...
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Spirit of unity needed to avoid calamity of no-deal Brexit

  • Prime Minister Theresa May has been under pressure to forge softer divorce deal. (AFP) In an almost unbelievable turn of events, UK Prime Minister Theresa May hopes to bring her Brexit deal back to Parliament this week for a fourth attempt at gaining the backing of MPs. However, with a ...
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Specter of Russian military looms over Turkish canal project

  • In 2011, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his intention to construct what would be known as the Istanbul Canal as an alternative maritime route to the Bosphorus. Since then, the plan has been on hold due to the successive economic strains that Turkey has been under. However, with...
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Special relationship in calmer waters after a successful state visit

  • As concrete blocks were dragged across Regent’s Park to fortify the US President Donald Trump’s temporary headquarters, many expressed concern as to the status of the alliance between the UK and the US. Mr. Trump’s off-the-cuff style, the spectre of a Conservative Party leadership contest and d...
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Short-term US policy imperatives risk ceding global leadership to Chinese long-termism

  • The bold, would-be hegemon that is China today is unrecognizable compared with the nation it was 40 years ago, when it was struggling with a very poor, stagnant, isolated economy. A transformation the World Bank has described as “the fastest expansion of an economy in history” is by no means ...
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Security to top Merkel successor’s list of concerns

  • As Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to leave office in September after nearly two decades in power, approval of her leadership of Germany has never been higher. The inexperienced and supposedly uncharismatic Merkel was not short of detractors as she took the top job in 2005. Today, however, on...
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Security crackdown won’t solve Zimbabwe’s economic woes

  • A year ago, Emmerson Mnangagwa sat for lunch with a Financial Times reporter and famously declared: “I am not a crocodile.” Keen to shed his reputation as a security enforcer and long-time Mugabe apparatchik, the new president sought to woo international audiences as the man who would deliver Z...
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Saudi plans to grow forests in the desert could change the world

  • For any country that relies upon hydrocarbons to provide 99 percent of its energy, you might imagine that announcing an ambitiously huge entry into the renewables space would be daunting. Not for Saudi Arabia. With average annual sun hours in excess of 3,000, miles upon miles of untouched shor...
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Sanctions offer a middle course between war and diplomacy

  • From the North Korean crisis to the recent meeting in Helsinki between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, deep-rooted global issues have been unexpectedly moved along through dialogue and extraordinary diplomatic gestures. However, there is a worrying and grow...
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Saharan rebels and Morocco’s stabilizing role in the region

  • Few words invoke such a sense of forsaken hopelessness as “Sahara.” The political status of the region known as the Western Sahara, which is at the center of the modern history of Northwest Africa, is the single most important political issue affecting the area. This month, in contravention of...
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