US Diplomatic Perseverance and the Survival of the Two-State Imperative

he Nobel Peace Prize laureates for 1994 in Oslo. From left to right: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, cc Government Press Office, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_THE_NOBEL_PEACE_PRIZE_LAUREATES_FOR_1994_IN_OSLO..jpg

Washington still holds all the cards for finding a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Backgrounder: EU COVID-19 Recovery Fund

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The legacy of Next Generation EU and the joint issuance it envisions will likely outlive the immediate harms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does Afghanistan Present a New Opportunity for the Quad?

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If the Quad wants to operationalize its multilateralism in a way that doesn’t directly antagonize China, then Afghanistan would be a good place to start.

Amid Resurgent Violence, France Suspends Aid to Central African Republic

cc Flickr U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, modified, Burundi soldiers prepare to load onto a C-17 Globemaster Dec. 13, 2013 at Bujmumbura Airport, Burundi. In coordination with the French military and African Union, the U.S. military provided airlift support to transport Burundi soldiers, food and supplies in the Central African Republic (CAR). This support is aimed at enabling African forces to deploy promptly to prevent further spread of sectarian violence and restore security in CAR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas)

Has Russia prevailed in its longstanding diplomatic tug-of-war with France?

Why Mexican Cyber-Cartels Threaten U.S. National Security

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Mexican cartels are taking a page from Silicon Valley in their efforts to disrupt conventional law enforcement techniques using emerging tech like ransomware and cryptocurrencies.

Backgrounder: G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK

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Examining key announcements surrounding this weekend’s G7 summit in the United Kingdom.

Global Forecast (6-13-2021)


Rising shipping costs add to inflation worries, Iran presidential elections unlikely to bring any surprises, and NATO leaders gather in Brussels for the Alliance’s first summit of the Biden era.

New Party, Old Hurdles: Cambodian Opposition Struggles to Bounce Back

Opposition supporters wave national flags of some Western countries who were signatory parties to the 22 year old Paris Peace Agreement, Phnom Penh, Oct 24, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer), cc Heng Reaksmey, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=cambodia%20CNRP&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search#/media/File:CNRP_protesters_raise_flags.jpg

Several senior ex-officials of the dissolved CNRP have joined a new party. Yet given Prime Minister Hun Sen’s record of stifling opponents, their chances of electoral success are slim.

Brazil On Bankruptcy: Destroying Pandemic-hit Companies for Profit

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Amid the chaos of COVID-19, dubious legal practitioners appear to be intentionally turning viable businesses into distressed debt, and solely for profit.

FLASH: Left Wins Landmark Election in Peru


The Left appears to have carried the day in Peru’s clash of political extremes.

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