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Iran Nuclear Deal Breakdown: What Does It Mean for European Business?

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Iran nuclear deal stakeholders are scrambling to evade or circumvent looming US sanctions, but there’s one major hurdle they must clear: the US financial system.

IPCC Report: Demise of the ‘Here-Us-Now’ Civilization

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A new world of consensus and collaboration is not a better place. It is the only way for the human race to survive.

Sanctions Backlash Threatens to Upend US Dollar Dominance

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One of the enduring legacies of the Trump presidency might be how allies and enemies alike came together to dismantle the US monopoly on global financial transactions.

When Ping-Pong Saved the World

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History teaches us that sometimes it’s the human element that deescalates seemingly intractable international disputes.

The AIFC: Kazakhstan’s Ambitious Step Forward

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Will the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) turn Kazakhstan into Central Asia’s financial hub, or will the project be crushed by the weight of its own ambition?

Vietnam Ready for a Seat at the UN Security Council

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Vietnam’s commitment to global institutions and poverty alleviation make it a good candidate for a rotating seat at the UN Security Council.

Djibouti’s Attempts to Vanquish Dubai Ports Operator Spells Trouble for Washington

180327-N-TK936-6957 PORT OF DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (March 27, 2018) Members of Task Group (TG) 68.6 sets a security screening zone on the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) while operating in the Horn of Africa, March 27, 2018. TG 68.6 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Eu-rope and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Master at Arms 2nd Class Theresa Mullis/Released), cc Flickr modified, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

If Doraleh port goes the way of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and is ceded to China for non-payment of debt, the United States sprawling Camp Lemonnier could be rendered militarily unviable.

JNIM: The New Terrorist Threat from the Sahel

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You may not have heard of JNIM, but you will soon. The group is inflaming local ethnic conflicts, killing peacekeepers, and pushing a vulnerable region closer to anarchy.

Scott Walker to Face the Music in US Midterms?

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Scott Walker is one of the many old guard Republicans facing a credible challenge in November, and it could be the oft-ignored issue of education that ends up unseating him.

Bulgaria’s Soviet Jets: Trojan Horses in a NATO Air Force?

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With Bulgaria clearly of two minds on its alignment and Moscow willing to be generous, the US should strongly consider loosening its purse strings.

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