Opinion

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill in Geopolitical Perspective

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Joko Widodo’s Omnibus Bill won’t fix what ails the Indonesian economy.

Great Power Competition Comes to the Middle East: Iraq and the China-Iran Agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi Signing the Iran–China 25-year Cooperation Program in Tehran, cc Tansim News, Erfan Kouchari, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zarif_and_Wang_Yi_Signing_Iran%E2%80%93China_25-year_Cooperation_Program_3.jpg

The recent China-Iran agreement presents Baghdad with a profound geopolitical choice: the United States or China?

COVID-19: A ‘Hot Potato’ for Nationalist-Populist Parties in Europe

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Europe’s populist parties haven’t thrived amid COVID-19 – but their ideas have.

Britain’s Voice on Sexual Violence Must Be Consistent

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, gives the guest speech at the Boldness in Business Awards 2013, cc Flickr Financial Times, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/financialtimes/8577534646

If London hopes to have any credibility, it must be uniform in its condemnation of sexual violence.

Is the US Repeating Old Mistakes in Libya?

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The United States is once again stepping foot into Libyan affairs after years of disregard for the oil-rich country. Will Washington manage to overcome old mistakes and help end Libya’s endless civil war?

Mexico’s Energy Sector Needs Storage and Shale Development, Not a Fracking Ban

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AMLO’s failure to prioritize midstream gas investments and his proposed fracking ban increase energy insecurity.

Welcome to Islamic Paradise, Republic of Shame

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Now over 42 years on, the disaster of the so-called Islamic revolution is still playing out for the long-suffering people of Iran.

No Human Rights without the Right to Know

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How do European governments strike a balance between privacy rights and the right for citizens to know what their leaders are doing?

Biden’s Path to a Secure Hemisphere Runs through Colombia

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And success requires a focus on terrorism, not the drug war.

The Inevitable Rise of Euroscepticism in the Wake of COVID-19

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While COVID-19 may not be an existential crisis for the EU, it does tick virtually all the boxes when it comes to hardening Eurosceptic attitudes throughout the bloc.

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