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Why The Hungarian Government Just Doesn’t ‘Get It’ on Poverty

Homelessness, cc Flickr Ben Sutherland, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Homeless people are the new migrants in Hungary, at least so far as political stigmatization is concerned.

Libya’s Lost Hope

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When the NATO-led coalition intervened in Libya, its people were promised security and democracy. Seven years later, all they have received is chaos, death and destruction.

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran

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While it’s true that Iran presides over well-documented human rights abuses, these abuses are often exaggerated to the point of creating a tyrannical mythos that’s completely detached from reality.

Iran Sanctions: The Triumph of Short-Term Thinking

RouhaniModi, cc Flickr Narendra Modi, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Iran sanctions are disruptive for both energy markets and US strategy toward the Middle East.

Is Pakistan’s PM Imran Riding the Tiger?

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Pakistan's state institutions have long nurtured religious fundamentalism, but sooner or later the chickens will come home to roost.

History Repeating: Mohammed Bin Salman and the Khashoggi Affair

Khash, cc FLickr Pomed, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The current scandal closely resembles the experience of another famous member of the House of Saud.

At Chatham House, Reading Tea Leaves for the Next Arab Spring

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Without real change, the Arab Spring is destined to repeat itself.

Welcome to the New Age of the Strongman

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Why are despots and dictators of every political persuasion enjoying a renaissance?

Time for Italy’s Populists to Face Reality

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Italy’s ruling coalition is struggling to transform electoral fantasy into a reality.

President Xi’s Digital Prison

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The tyranny is not much different from what societies have experienced for centuries. Only the form of the shackles has changed.

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