Saudi Arabia: A Revolution from the Top?

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Big changes are brewing in Saudi society. Will they be embraced or resisted by the monarchy?

Hariri & the Saudi Purge: The Latest from the Middle East

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Quick takes on some of the latest geopolitical developments in the Middle East.

EU Anti-Establishment Wave Continues in Czech Elections

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Recent Czech parliamentary elections saw big gains by anti-establishment parties on both ends of the political spectrum.

Marxism in the 21st Century: Dead or Alive?

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Did Marxism die with the collapse of the Soviet Union? Or is there still something it can tell us about today’s society.

How Much Credit Does President Trump Deserve for the Fall of Raqqa?

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The short answer: not much.

America’s Self-Defeating Sahel Strategy

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Washington must look at the bigger picture if it wants to contain terrorism in the Sahel region.

Is Japan on Track for Its First Female Prime Minister?

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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is making waves in Japanese politics, leading some to conclude that it’s only a matter of time before she becomes Japan’s first female prime minister.

The Long Story of Kurz: ‘Austria You will be Macronized’

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Tracing the political rise of Austria’s Sebastian Kurz, the newest star of the European far-right.

US-Canada Softwood Dispute a Possible Own Goal for Washington

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New tariffs on Canadian softwood will only hurt consumers and further divert Canadian trade toward China and Europe.

Words Matter: Rhetoric and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei ahead of a summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. khome, cc http://en.kremlin.ru

It’s not the decision to decertify that will doom the Iran nuclear deal, but the rhetoric that comes with it.

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