Global Forecast (08-17-2018)


Qatar attempts a financial rescue of its Turkish ally, markets rejoice as new US-China trade talks are announced for late August, and Ghazni city is liberated in Afghanistan.

Lessons Unlearned from Charlie Hebdo: Strengthening the EU’s Intelligence Infrastructure

EUFlags, cc Flickr Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The EU can improve the effectiveness of its intelligence agencies not by creating new bureaucracies, but by getting more out of the resources it already has.

In Defense of the Iran Nuclear Deal

ObTru, cc Flickr Karl-Ludwig Poggemann, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/hinkelstone/31196987133/in/photolist-PwLHov-zTtQQd-yXzMrU-CGCfvx-zBZNfC-ybei6R-yqqxij-xvRevR-vXfapm-ysH8xr-ytsgfk-yb3beN-xvRcFZ-ybdj2R-ysH9ie-xvRQ5v-yb8421-wfjqVH-yrMHfS-ysF3i2-ytqVot-weVvRK-wee6eW-yb543s-ysJ9Wr-yrN7Bw-wfmyk8-weeHrA-yrNHTU-yb8weq-vXhrDQ-ybch3x-vXfpuo-ybcjxT-yrCWHb-vXfLdu-xvDAYf-zBZV2S-zUJnmy-yaXkpb-ybaa2H-ybdFhr-ytikJD-z1buRr-yaXAzb-zCuYxd-zEqMcJ-zBYrWy-yaYC7W-24Bbk1i

With every passing day, it becomes more obvious that scrapping the Iran nuclear deal was a strategic and diplomatic blunder.

US-Turkey Relations Placed on Life Support

President_Donald_J._Trump_and_President_Recep_Tayyip_Erdoğan_of_Turkey_at_the_United_Nations_General_Assembly_(36747062744), modified, White House, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_Donald_J._Trump_and_President_Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan_of_Turkey_at_the_United_Nations_General_Assembly_(36747062744).jpg

All it took was one tweet from President Trump to ignite the tinderbox of US-Turkey relations and send the Turkish economy reeling.

The Dangerous Simplicity of Brett Kavanaugh

Brett_Kavanaugh_and_Johnny_Isakson, public domain, Wiki commons Office of Senator Johnny Isakson, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brett_Kavanaugh_and_Johnny_Isakson.jpg

Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh is not Neil Gorsuch 2.0. On key constitutional matters, the two couldn’t be any more different.

The 2018 Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East

PumpJack, cc Flickr Paul Lowry, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This year’s Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East explored regional security issues from the perspectives of experts from Iran, Syria, and Russia.

China’s Empire of Debt


Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Central Asia and Afghanistan: Helping Your Neighbor


Exploring the role of Central Asian governments in stabilizing Afghanistan.

Student Demonstrations in Dhaka

BangladeshTraffic, cc Flickr Francisco Anzola, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

What started as a protest over road safety could transform into something else entirely in Bangladesh.

Mending the Marriage: The Importance of Stabilizing US-China Relations

XiTru, Whitehouse.gov, modified, https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/f20171110ah-1463_original.jpg

The US-China bilateral relationship is too big to fail.

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