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Extremists seek electoral victory in Paris and Beirut

  • The received wisdom in the aftermath of Russia’s attack on Ukraine was that it would precipitate a collapse in support for the Kremlin-aligned far right throughout the Western world. However, despite the massive European outpouring of support for Ukraine, two of Vladimir Putin’s closest Europ...
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Thwarting the people’s will in Iraq and Lebanon

  • Elections represent a contract between a nation’s people and the governing classes; the people have their say, and bestow a mandate to govern upon those they select. However, in some states this fundamental social contract has been broken beyond repair. In the October 2021 elections, the Iraq...
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Navigating a world of alternative realities and weaponized data

  • Wherever I am in the world, people tell me they simply no longer know what sources of information to believe. So much of the information we are bombarded with is politicized propaganda that it’s easy to end up buying into, whatever version of reality we’d like to believe. The internet era was...
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After Irbil, no more appeasing aggressor states like Iran

  • Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Tehran suddenly feels liberated to embark on its own escalations targeted at the US, Iran’s opponents in Iraq, and perhaps Israel. No fewer than 12 ballistic missiles were unleashed on Sunday against sites near the US Consulate in Irbil. Usually, Tehran sta...
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As Kyiv burns, a new world order emerges

  • If only all humanitarian crises inspired such global unity and resolve! In a few short days we have been living through the traumatic birth pains of an entirely new geopolitical order, with profound and unpredictable reverberations for decades to come. As cities burn and populations are uproo...
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What Iran loses by rejecting real peace

  • What would be at stake if Tehran committed itself to a real peace deal? No, I am not talking about the mutilated travesty currently on the table between Iran and world powers, which would merely slow Iran’s nuclear advancements, while leaving all its other war-making mechanisms in place. I am ...
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Assad flogs off stolen Syrian lands to the Ayatollahs

  • A ground-breaking initiative has been launched to expose Syrian crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court. For the first time, a primary focus is the culpability of Iran and its proxies. Lawyers have said that Tehran’s support for Assad had come “at the cost of hundreds ...
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Daesh’s ‘caliph’ is dead, but a new generation is wreaking mayhem

  • The killing of Daesh’s “caliph,” Abu Ibrahim Al-Quraishi, is a rare foreign policy achievement for US President Joe Biden. However, Quraishi was an unknowable ghost, even to thousands of Daesh recruits who declared personal loyalty to him, so his replacement by another obscure phantom may make ...
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Lebanon’s arsonist-in-chief aims to set the region alight

  • If Lebanon were a fragile, overcrowded and sinking boat, laden with desperate and starving refugees, making its precarious way across the ocean; then Hassan Nasrallah would be the psychopathic axman who, mid-voyage, frenziedly attempts to puncture the vessel’s hull and take everyone to the bott...
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Six priorities for diplomatic breakthroughs in 2022

  • Geopolitics in 2022 will continue to be defined by superpower rivalry between America, China and Russia, with potential for imminent conflict in Ukraine. Is the new year fated to repeat 2021’s disastrous failures of global leadership, evidenced by the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan,...
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