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Buying Used
European Arms Markets Heating Up

Sales of used weapons systems are up across Europe. And that’s a good thing.

Advice for U.S. Policymakers
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Hands Off the Antiquities

U.S. cultural policy will become key as wars throughout the Middle East and North Africa give way to reconstructions.

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The Paradoxes of Trump’s Russia Strategy

Donald Trump’s cabinet has managed to construct a pretty sound approach to Russia—despite the Commander in Chief.

Turning Up The Heat
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Climate Refugees and International Law

The world isn’t prepared for the coming surge of people displaced by droughts, floods, crop failures, and other weather-driven phenomenon.

Israel-Palestine
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Mahmoud Abbas and the Years of Terror

Mahmoud Abbas’s role in Palestinian politics was forged in the bloody years of the Second Intifada, when he became the anti-Arafat. But the events of those years also foreshadow the indecision and timidity that have plagued him since.

Iraq
Mosul, before and after the minaret’s destruction (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Mosul Mourns Its Minaret, Sort Of

Al-Hadba‘a, the Hunchback Minaret adjoining the al-Nuri Mosque, gave Mosul its famous sobriquet. Destroyed by the Islamic State, the iconic monument is now being remembered for what it never was.

The Republic in Peril
Trump Scandal Festers While Country Burns

The election of Donald Trump is a manifestation of our society’s inability to cope with our changing times.

Radio Farda
Iranian tank destroys satellite dishes as part of a sweep of banned media sources. MOHSEN TAVARO/AFP/Getty Images
Reading the News in Tehran

What the critics get wrong about RFE-RL’s Persian language news service, Radio Farda.

Russia and the West
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Georgia’s Dilemma

Georgia is caught between Russia’s destructive designs and the West’s lukewarm regard.

stress test
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What Would a Recession Look Like?

A recession today would be like an earthquake rocking a political edifice that is already showing cracks.

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Turkey’s "NINO" Status

The days when NATO could command the loyalty of its members, necessitating that they handle disputes with co-parties discreetly, are long past.

Frack Baby Frack

We’re heading into uncharted waters, thanks to shale.

the family and the state

A U.K. death panel has forced parents to abandon hope for their baby’s life.

Game of Thrones

A Chinese spokesperson called for an end to joint drilling operations between Spain’s Repsol and Vietnam.

Pop!

Chinese consumers have more money than ever, and they still want to buy more real estate.

Shale 2.0

The industry is hurting from equipment and personnel shortages.

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