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Trump vs Clinton: U.S. democracy undergoing a deep transition

Trump vs Clinton: U.S. democracy undergoing a deep transition

ON JANUARY 21, 2017, the 45th President of the United States will be inaugurated. Changes of administration in Washington differ from those [...]

China cautiously engages with the Middle East to protect its interests

China cautiously engages with the Middle East to protect its interests

BEIJING’S increasing involvement in the Middle East has important economic, diplomatic, and military implications for the region, China and [...]

North Sea oil and gas seeing a surprising revival

North Sea oil and gas seeing a surprising revival

THE NORTH Sea is a mature oil and gas province. Output from the two main producers – Norway and the United Kingdom – has peaked and the [...]

For better security, EU needs more unity and a global strategy

For better security, EU needs more unity and a global strategy

THE EUROPEAN Union plans to adopt a “Global Strategy” for its foreign and security policies (EGS) at its June 22 summit. The document is the [...]

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Viktor Orban brings his wartime politics to the European stage

Viktor Orban brings his wartime politics to the European stage

RECENT news that the oldest daughter of Viktor Orban, the self-proclaimed “illiberal” prime minister of Hungary, was pregnant, prompted a [...]

Young Hong Kongers oppose unification with China

Young Hong Kongers oppose unification with China

NEARLY a year and a half after Hong Kong’s “umbrella revolution” (Sept.-Dec. 2014), the legacy of the seemingly unsuccessful protest [...]

Uganda’s future clouded by uncertainty in politics and oil

Uganda’s future clouded by uncertainty in politics and oil

AFTER three decades in power, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda won a fifth consecutive term in February 2016. The irregularities that [...]

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Europe again likely to duck the problem of troubled banks

Europe again likely to duck the problem of troubled banks

MANY European banks are in bad shape, and shareholders and bondholders are feeling the heat. With governments and regulators still groping [...]

Fed’s policy may derail economy and bring collapse of dollar bloc

Fed’s policy may derail economy and bring collapse of dollar bloc

THE YEAR has not started well for global financial markets. Undoubtedly, one reason that stocks have slumped is that the United States [...]

The emerging India-Africa economic axis gains momentum

The emerging India-Africa economic axis gains momentum

AFRICA summits are all the rage these days, including recent ones held by China and the European Union. But the fast-developing cooperation [...]

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Local conflicts and market reality stifle Eastern Mediterranean gas

Local conflicts and market reality stifle Eastern Mediterranean gas

SINCE 2009, international interest in the Eastern Mediterranean’s offshore oil and gas resources has followed a cycle from widespread [...]

Paris climate deal a positive step, but major changes are far off

Paris climate deal a positive step, but major changes are far off

APART from the collapse of world oil prices, 2015’s most important energy event was the Paris meeting on climate change. After a fortnight [...]

Argentina’s new government faces challenge with energy subsidies

Argentina’s new government faces challenge with energy subsidies

ARGENTINE President Mauricio Macri must cope with an energy sector in dire straits. Policy over the past decade has been inconsistent and [...]

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Rapid buildup of western Pacific navies adds pressure on U.S.

Rapid buildup of western Pacific navies adds pressure on U.S.

THE MOST important navies in the Western Pacific are growing in strength. Forces all around the region are improving, but the Chinese [...]

Libyan threat to Egypt grows

Libyan threat to Egypt grows

EGYPT, which has yet to quell Islamic terror in northern Sinai, is now facing a similar threat from Libya – a country that has not had a [...]

Russia uses provocations to force West into recognizing it as partner

Russia uses provocations to force West into recognizing it as partner

ON NEW Year’s Eve, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an updated national security strategy. Compared with the 2014 version, two [...]

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China’s alternative role in UN peacekeeping

China’s alternative role in UN peacekeeping

Over the last decade, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has increased the number of forces it contributes to the United Nations [...]

Mistral purchase could give Egypt a ‘light’ carrier battle group

Mistral purchase could give Egypt a ‘light’ carrier battle group

Two Mistral-class warships equipped with Russian Ka-52K naval attack helicopters can enhance Egypt’s naval capabilities with what is [...]

The crumbling fortress: Europe’s heartless refugee and asylum policy

The crumbling fortress: Europe’s heartless refugee and asylum policy

During a public television debate on asylum and refugee policy in July 2015, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, Reem Sahwil, asked German [...]

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