Is Spying an Art or a Crime?

July 21, 2021

The New York Times on Monday reported that the US has accused China “of breaching Microsoft email systems used by many of the world’s largest companies.” On the same day, The Washington Post announced the findings of an investigation into “spyware licensed by an Israeli firm to governments...

It’s Time to Make India’s Education Good Enough for All
July 20, 2021

It’s Time to Make India’s Education Good Enough for All

Indonesia’s Balancing Act Between China and Taiwan
July 20, 2021

Indonesia’s Balancing Act Between China and Taiwan

After Recent Protests, Cuba Will Not Be the Same
July 19, 2021

After Recent Protests, Cuba Will Not Be the Same

Confronting America’s Drive to Collective Amnesia

Confronting America’s Drive to Collective Amnesia

July 19, 2021

It seems that there is a deep pent-up desire in America to avoid meaningful change at all cost. It is hard enough to confront issues honestly and forthrightly in the best of times. But it is nearly impossible to do so in an environment that prizes consensus over responsibility. The vocabulary of...

Biden’s Pirates of the Caribbean

Biden’s Pirates of the Caribbean

July 19, 2021

On July 12, following an outburst of protest by Cubans responding to a raft of ills that plague the island, the White House issued US President Joe Biden’s message of apparent solidarity. “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the...

A Contentious Election Deepens Peru’s Crisis

A Contentious Election Deepens Peru’s Crisis

July 16, 2021

Peruvians went to the polls on June 6 to elect a new president. Pedro Castillo is leading Keiko Fujimori by 44,000 votes in an election in which 17.6 million cast their ballots. The result is yet to be confirmed by the election authorities. A newly-edited book by one of the greatest Peruvian...

The Politics of American Protest: A North Korean Twist

The Politics of American Protest: A North Korean Twist

July 16, 2021

Gwen Berry recently protested the playing of the US national anthem by turning away from the flag and holding up a shirt that read “activist athlete.” The protest took place at the Olympic trials in Oregon where Berry had placed third in the hammer throw competition. Her action immediately...

Will the Tokyo Olympics Increase Japan’s Soft Power?

Will the Tokyo Olympics Increase Japan’s Soft Power?

July 15, 2021

Sport is often a great source of soft power, or the ability to shape the preferences of others by appeal instead of coercion or monetary incentives. The Olympic Games are a powerful tool for this type of attraction. Awarded to Germany before the Nazis came to power, the 1936 Berlin Olympics helped...

How Dubai and Abu Dhabi See the World Cup

How Dubai and Abu Dhabi See the World Cup

July 15, 2021

With the Euros over, attention outside the UK is turning to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The focus in Britain, quite rightly, remains on the racist abuse directed at black members of the English football team and the extent to which the prime minister and the home secretary contribute to...

Personality and Ambition Fuel Saudi-UAE Divide

Personality and Ambition Fuel Saudi-UAE Divide

July 14, 2021

Personality and the conflation of national interests with personal ambition are contributing to the widening gap between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It was only a matter of time before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) would want to go out on his own and no longer be seen...

The Role Turkey Can Play in Afghanistan

The Role Turkey Can Play in Afghanistan

July 13, 2021

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused waves at the NATO summit in June, announcing that Turkey would continue to protect Kabul airport following the complete NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan. Kabul airport is Afghanistan’s principal air connection to the outside world, and it is vital...

America’s Afghan War Is Over. But What About Iraq and Iran?

America’s Afghan War Is Over. But What About Iraq and Iran?

July 13, 2021

At Bagram air base, Afghan scrap merchants are already picking through the graveyard of US military equipment that was until recently the headquarters of America’s 20-year occupation of their country. Afghan officials say the last US forces slipped away from Bagram in the dead of night, without...

Syrian Women Find a New Life in Germany

Syrian Women Find a New Life in Germany

July 13, 2021

In the years before the civil war broke out in 2011, Syrian families where women were the main income providers and oversaw family affairs remained the exception. At the time, about 15% of women were in the labor force, a large proportion of them in agriculture. Women occupying jobs in...

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