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Western sanctions are driving Russia’s focus on the Middle East

 Russia appears fully committed to increasing relations in the Middle East not only militarily, but also economically

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The dangerous nuclear games in the Gulf

With both the US and Russia withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a nuclear stand-off in the Gulf could be closer than you think.

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Psychology of the Wall: In Donald Trump’s mind, walls define the parameters of privilege

The wall addresses a core psychological insecurity. Donald Trump supporters — and many others — feel as if their own privileges are evaporating. 

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Polar bear 'invasion': How climate change is forcing them to change their hunting habits

With Arctic sea ice diminishing as a result of climate change, polar bears are apparently being forced to spend more time on land looking for food.

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Amnesty International calls 2018 the 'year of shame' for Iran - and rightly so

Since December 2017, the authorities in Iran have intensified their crackdown, specifically targeting journalists, social media and women’s rights activists, Ahwazi Arabs, Kurds and their families…

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Iranian youths want to speak their mind

Social fragmentation stems from a range of issues, including foreign policy failures, widespread corruption, a lack of transparency, restrictions on the media

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The forever war in the Middle East is far from over

Donald Trump delights in confounding the experts. After all, he believes himself to be the expert-in-chief.

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Mike Pompeo attempts US reset in the Middle East

Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to the Middle East summed up America’s limited policy vision for the region

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Why the US is still losing Turkey

Reliably narrow definitions of national self-interest continue to drive Turkey and the US further apart

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Are Japan and Russia ready to resolve the Kuril Islands dispute?

Russia and Japan have disparate views on the Kuril Islands that can only be overcome through significant concessions.

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Brexit row: Why is there an Irish backstop?

The Irish backstop is simply an effort to mitigate the damage that Brexit causes to peace in Ireland and the UK. 

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The Rohingya crisis: What to watch for in 2019

It is not a question of whether Rohingyas should be able to return to their homes; it is a question of when and under what conditions. To be clear, those conditions do not currently exist.

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James Mattis: Who will keep Donald Trump in check now?

With the loss of US leverage in any talks, Syria will now be left to the devices of Russia, Iran and Assad’s autocratic and self-interested machinations and exploitation.

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It’s time for a new climate compromise

It is impossible to abandon fossil fuels overnight, so a more realistic and humane approach to reducing carbon emissions has to be found.

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Are Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince becoming a liability for the White House?

The December 14 Senate votes to end US military aid for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and to condemn Crown Prince for his responsibility in the death of Jamal Khashoggi mark a watershed moment in US…

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