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Mr. Putin creates his own army

Mr. Putin creates his own army

IN A SURPRISE move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of [...]

Oil-dependent Iraq weighs production freeze

Oil-dependent Iraq weighs production freeze

IRAQ is the second largest producer of oil in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after Saudi Arabia and was the second [...]

India: strong growth, but growing unease over political direction

India: strong growth, but growing unease over political direction

IN MAY 2016, Narendra Modi will complete the second year of his five-year term as India’s prime minister. In the past, this milestone marked [...]

Getting inequality right

Getting inequality right

THOMAS Piketty captured something essential in the post-Lehman mood with his study of income and wealth differentials in the developed [...]

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Kurdish influence grows but statehood remains elusive

Kurdish influence grows but statehood remains elusive

WAR AND CHAOS in Syria and Iraq have catapulted the Kurdish minorities in those countries into a position of unprecedented influence and [...]

Algeria, too reliant on pumping oil, faces possible collapse

Algeria, too reliant on pumping oil, faces possible collapse

ALGERIA has not been in such dire straits since it declared independence from France in 1962. It is not terrorism that is causing trouble [...]

Macedonia has plenty of reasons to be concerned for its future

Macedonia has plenty of reasons to be concerned for its future

THIS MAY be the year that Macedonia’s geopolitical destiny is settled, writes World Review Expert Professor Dr. Blerim Reka. Before 2016 [...]

More Economics
Productivity and education go hand in hand

Productivity and education go hand in hand

EUROPE is worried about low and declining productivity growth. Most politicians and experts have a simple solution: more high-tech [...]

Russia bets on import substitution to defeat Western sanctions

Russia bets on import substitution to defeat Western sanctions

AS THE Russian economy’s difficulties deepen, the government is developing a new strategy to boost domestic self-sufficiency based on import [...]

Euro crisis looming again?

Euro crisis looming again?

AFTER Greece obtained its third bailout last summer, Europe turned its attention to other crises. But it would be naive to conclude that the [...]

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China’s polar strategy looks into the second half of the 21st century

China’s polar strategy looks into the second half of the 21st century

INTREPID explorers battling the cold were once the only people to reach the earth’s poles, but now the Arctic and Antarctic are hotbeds of [...]

Kazakhstan-EU energy links tighten despite Russia’s concerns

Kazakhstan-EU energy links tighten despite Russia’s concerns

IN DECEMBER 2015, the European Union and Kazakhstan signed a new “enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement,” which, among other [...]

China’s controversial overseas coal investments

China’s controversial overseas coal investments

IN RECENT years, rich Western countries and international financial institutions have adopted policies to restrict the construction of new [...]

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U.S. must modernize its strategic nuclear arsenal

U.S. must modernize its strategic nuclear arsenal

THE UNITED States’ nuclear weapons systems are old and becoming obsolete. The issue can no longer be ignored. The so-called “triad” of [...]

Syria’s wars: the certain losers and likely winners

Syria’s wars: the certain losers and likely winners

FOR ALL the confusion about Syria’s civil war, there’s no doubt about the big loser – the Syrian people. But nearly every regional power [...]

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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Multipolarity is the natural tendency of geopolitics

Multipolarity is the natural tendency of geopolitics

IT IS undeniable that Russian geostrategic mischief is resurgent. Russian military, diplomatic and economic maneuvering, along with open [...]

Italian intelligence faces new challenges in Libya and Iraq

Italian intelligence faces new challenges in Libya and Iraq

WHEN Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi took office in 2014, he had to appoint an undersecretary for intelligence. Marco Minniti, already [...]

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 [...]

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