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US Diplomatic Perseverance and the Survival of the Two-State Imperative

he Nobel Peace Prize laureates for 1994 in Oslo. From left to right: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, cc Government Press Office, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_THE_NOBEL_PEACE_PRIZE_LAUREATES_FOR_1994_IN_OSLO..jpg

Washington still holds all the cards for finding a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Does Afghanistan Present a New Opportunity for the Quad?

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If the Quad wants to operationalize its multilateralism in a way that doesn’t directly antagonize China, then Afghanistan would be a good place to start.

Why Mexican Cyber-Cartels Threaten U.S. National Security

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Mexican cartels are taking a page from Silicon Valley in their efforts to disrupt conventional law enforcement techniques using emerging tech like ransomware and cryptocurrencies.

No Time Like the Present: Indonesia’s Renewable Energy Transition

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Indonesia’s natural endowments give it an edge in transitioning to renewable energy, but time is of the essence for the government to deploy a comprehensive strategy.

The Tale of Tokyo Olympics: Prestige or Health?

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The organizers of the Tokyo Games are faced with unprecedented challenges. Will their efforts be worth it in the end?

US-China Rivalry a Foreign Policy Headache for Bangladesh

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Despite courting from Beijing and Washington, Bangladesh is unlikely to deviate from its longstanding commitment to non-alignment.

Hungary: Authoritarianism by Another Name?

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What Prime Minister Viktor Orbán terms ‘illiberal democracy’ is starting to look a lot like blatant authoritarianism.

COVID-19: The Deglobalization Amplifier

North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, July 2020. Barely any passengers are visible in the check-in area during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, July 2020 ***NOTE***: If you wish to publish this photo under Creative Commons rules, I kindly request that you credit it with a dofollow link to www.101holidays.co.uk, cc Mark Hodson Photos, modified, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/20538653@N00/50148046817

COVID-19 didn’t start the recent deglobalization trend, but it’s certainly contributing to it.

Making Pakistan’s Geo-economic Dreams a Reality

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Pakistan has long inhabited a highly strategic space in Asia. It’s time to start leveraging that advantage for the nation’s development.

Why is the EU Breaking Its Own Treatise by Attacking a Small Pacific Island for not ‘Playing Fair’?

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The unequal matchup between a bureaucratic behemoth and Vanuatu reveals more about history and geopolitics than it does about financial irregularities.

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