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Ishaan Tharoor May 21, 2017
When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with US President Donald Trump at the White House, tensions were high, with daily news about Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey who had been leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. It was Erdogan’s first visit to the United States since a failed coup against him in July 2016, and it was the...
Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh May 20, 2017
Iranian voters have demonstrated patience, rejecting a populist hardliner and reelecting President Hassan Rouhani who has taken incremental steps to integrate Iran with the world. The pragmatist won 57 percent of the vote, a decisive win despite analysts’ predictions that the vote could be close. “Although the powers of the elected president are limited by those of unelected Supreme Leader...
Carrie Johnson May 19, 2017
The world closely followed the 2016 US presidential campaign, and will continue to do so with multiple investigations into reports of Russian interference during the election. Robert Mueller, former director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been nominated as special counselor with broad powers to investigate. Mueller started his job as FBI director a week before the 9/11 attacks,...
Andrew England, Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Monavar Khalaj May 18, 2017
Foreign policy unites an otherwise divided Iranian electorate. Voters expect security and maintain that requires close ties and even interventions in neighboring states. “Iran’s Quds Force, the wing of the elite Revolutionary Guards responsible for operations abroad, is providing crucial support to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s six-year war and is active in Iraq, Afghanistan...
David Vines May 17, 2017
China could be on its way to leading the global economy, helped by One Belt, One Road. David Vines, writing for Caixin, compares the initiative to the Marshall Plan during the last century, which benefited Europe and Japan. China, with big investments in infrastructure, could emerge as a leader in setting rules and standards for global governance, but Vines points to two risks: First, “The Belt...
Paul Brown May 17, 2017
Nuclear power is the source about one-fifth of the United Kingdom’s energy, and the government has shifted support in subsidies away from solar and wind toward nuclear power with plans to construct more. “However, the industry relies on foreign companies − based both in the EU and outside − that provide parts, fuel and raw materials,” reports Paul Brown for Climate News Network. France’s ETF owns...
Graham Dunn May 16, 2017
Global airline alliances connect flights, so travelers who purchase a ticket from one firm may be transported by aircraft from another firm and country. The three largest alliances account for more than 55 percent of capacity, explains Graham Dunn for FlightGlobal. “Global alliances have provided, and arguably helped, drive deeper consolidation and co-operation within the industry, helping to...

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