It’s Time for Merkel to Go

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By stepping down now, Angela Merkel can save the German establishment from the populist firestorm that threatens to consume it.

The Hidden Price of Interlinking Rivers in India

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Are the economic benefits of India’s interlinking river project worth the massive and largely unquantified ecological risks?

Cameroon Crisis Imperils Bilateral Relations, Cocoa Crop


A long-running linguistic dispute in Cameroon has now spawned a secessionist movement that’s imperiling both the country’s bilateral relations with Nigeria and its cocoa-growing heartland in the southwest.

Geopolitics Has Caused the Oil Price Rally

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Any rally that deviates from the laws of supply and demand is destined to be short-lived, and oil prices are no exception.

Interview: Anton Salman on the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

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Anton Salman, the mayor of Bethlehem, in his first interview in 2018: starting from the “Siege of the Nativity church,” passing through Donald Trump’s declaration about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ending with the future of Palestine.

South Sudan: In Search of a Path to Peace

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It’s time for the international community to get serious about ending the South Sudanese civil war.

Another Border Dispute Refuses to Die in the Western Balkans

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Slovenia and Croatia’s border spat over the Bay of Piran doesn’t bode well for EU-directed conflict resolution in the Balkans.

Venezuela’s Downward Spiral

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Venezuelans are literally starving as the U.S., China, and Russia jockey for geopolitical position in the troubled South American country.

The Rebirth of Russia’s Global Interests

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In a case of history repeating, Moscow is making new diplomatic inroads into both the DPRK crisis and the Israel-Palestine peace process.

Confronting Asia’s Demographic Demons

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Policymakers should tackle Asia’s diversity problem to reap not just a moral dividend, but an economic one as well.

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