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Trump’s revised travel ban

Trump's revised travel ban

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Why the US won’t attack North Korea, An analysis of the biggest five reasons

Why the US won't attack North Korea, An analysis of the biggest five reasons

Washington’s recent doubling down on aggressive military posturing has led to wide speculation that Pyongyang could be the next target for unilateral action. Even though the administration has indicated that military option is among the options under review, there are many signs that North Korea is not Syria – as military action against the former carries far greater risks. 1. …

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Information Warfare

Information Warfare

Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and its suspected hacking of French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign servers, should surprise no one, given President Vladimir Putin’s (mis)understanding of soft power. Before his re-election in 2012, Putin told a Moscow newspaper that “soft power is a complex of tools and methods to achieve foreign policy goals without the use of …

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Terror in Tehran, On IS attacks in Iran

Terror in Tehran, On IS attacks in Iran

On June 7, 2017, IS that had nothing to do with Iranian regime for many years, suddenly appeared in Tehran and carried out armed attacks on Iran’s two most significant symbols of the 1979 Revolution – the Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran – though they are the most secure centres …

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The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons & the Evolving International Nuclear Law

The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons & the Evolving International Nuclear Law

The international legal framework that deals with nuclear weapons may collectively be styled as the international nuclear law; and this framework obviously, like other areas of international law, is not static. One aspect that calls for a comment is that the international nuclear law falls in a shared domain of both the jus ad bellum (law of war) and the …

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THE YEMEN CONFLICT

THE YEMEN CONFLICT

In March 2015, Yemen’s president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, was forced to flee the country by Zaidi Shia Houthi rebels. The Houthis had the support of some Ali Abdullah Saleh loyalists in the country’s military. To quell the rebels, and to restore Hadi government to power, Saudi Arabia forged a coalition of a dozen countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council states …

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THE LOOMING WORLD WAR 3, How to Save the World

THE LOOMING WORLD WAR 3, How to Save the World

The world is going through a turbulent period and the roiling cauldron of Middle East politics has been stirred by launching of a blockade against Qatar by ten countries led by Saudi Arabia. Besides, the longstanding Palestine issue, the unending Syrian civil war, the Daesh invasion in Iraq and the ongoing conflict in Yemen are also making the situation in …

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Hindu Nationalism

Hindu Nationalism

The election victories of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party (the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP) and its allies in India are in some respects the greatest moral and intellectual blow that Western liberalism has suffered in Eurasia since the end of the Cold War. That this fact has been so widely ignored by the Western media and commentariat is yet …

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Robotics: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Facing the realities of the robotic age

Robotics: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Facing the realities of the robotic age

Modern information technologies and the advent of machines powered by artificial intelligence (AI) have already strongly influenced the world of work in the 21st century. They really seem to be reaching a point where we are really seeing an acceleration, what you might call an inflection point. Many seem to agree that robots will have a tremendous impact over the …

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Russia’s New Great Game, in Afghanistan

Russia's New Great Game, in Afghanistan

Russia’s recent diplomatic overtures toward Afghan peace and its secret rapprochement with the Taliban show that the country wants to play a new “great game” in Afghanistan. In this regard, President Vladimir Putin seems to have capitalised on the election of Donald Trump as the US president to steadily outsmart Uncle Sam in . Under President Xi Jinping, China is …

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