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How Saudi-Iranian oil rivalry has been shaped by American power

While the Saudi-Iranian oil rivalry is ostensibly the business of these two countries, it has always had an international dimension, overshadowed by the US.

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What is a caliph? The Islamic State tries to boost its legitimacy by hijacking a historic institution

Killing al-Baghdadi has not quashed the Islamic State’s version of the caliphate.

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Can the Paris Agreement on climate change succeed without the US? 4 questions answered

The Trump administration’s action will have political and practical implications, but it is unclear exactly how severe they will be.

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Why there is no Kurdish nation

Since US troops left their region, roughly 180,000 Kurds of northeastern Syria have been displaced, and over 200 have been killed.

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The future of protest is high tech

People across the world are demonstrating their discontent in increasingly creative and disruptive ways.

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Climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss: No country is sufficiently prepared

Despite these daunting challenges, governments have the capability and responsibility to increase national readiness for extreme events.

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Could Congress reverse Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria?

Already, several proposals are taking shape in the House and Senate that would impose financial sanctions on Turkish officials, restrict weapons sales to Turkey and otherwise punish Turkey for its…

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Will killing Al-Baghdadi give Donald Trump a boost in the polls?

That killing of Osama Bin Laden was widely credited with sealing President Barack Obama’s reelection the following year.

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Lebanon uprising unites people across faiths, defying deep sectarian divides

The 1.5 million Lebanese Sunnis, Shias and Christians who have for weeks been walking side by side, holding hands and raging against the system are not merely protesting.

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Is the US losing the artificial intelligence arms race?

The US defence community is coming to understand that AI will significantly transform, if not completely reinvent, the world’s military power balance.

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What Donald Trump’s travel ban really looks like, almost two years in

The list of countries whose citizens are banned from entering the United States include Muslim-majority countries Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, as well as North Korea and Venezuela.

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Al-Baghdadi’s death: The rise and fall of the leader of Islamic State

By the time Baghdadi took over, a rift had grown between the wider Al-Qaeda group and Islamic State.

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US retreat from Syria could see Islamic State roar back to life

The tempo of IS attacks has shifted from Iraq to Syria with the previously hidden insurgency reemerging.

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Iraq’s wave of protests – its roots and how to begin fixing it

The problems for Iraq are deep-rooted and institutional, and if not addressed may yet escalate into a full scale revolution.

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Why US has nuclear weapons in Turkey – and may try to put the bombs away

One US concern is that Turkey could perceive the move as a push away from NATO. That could lead to Turkey seeking closer ties with Russia.

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