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Algeria’s presidential election is scheduled for December 12, 2019. It seems set to be carefully staged and controlled. But there are still unknown variables in the mix.
It would be a tragedy, or worse, a mistake if the only antidote to President Trump’s Middle East policy is a retreat to the magical thinking which has animated so much of America’s moment in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War.
By their design, electoral bonds legitimize opacity in how elections are funded. There is concern that electoral bonds could become vehicles for money laundering for shell companies, or for prohibited foreign donations.
Ostensibly undertaken to rid the capital of militias, the campaign by Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army was in fact a baldfaced grab for power and wealth.
The representation of religion in mainstream media often leaves a great deal to be desired. When it comes to Islam, it is often abysmal.
While frictions between the United States and China in the areas of trade, investment, and technology development are certainly important, in fact the most critical driver of potential instability between Washington and Beijing consists of clashing security perceptions and policies.
The fact that the NATO summit shared half a split screen with the Congressional impeachment inquiry hearings only tethered the NATO event more closely to President Trump’s personal needs and politics and ensured it would be all about him.
Paradoxically, Netanyahu’s replacement by a less contentious and more reasonable prime minister may well ensure that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains more about managing a process than securing a peace.
Whether for reasons of security or economics, the slow slide towards collective protectionism in the United States and Europe is unmistakable.
If U.S. policy assumes China cannot play a constructive role within the system America designed, then the United States will, in effect, be prodding China into championing a parallel, separate system, with very different rules.