Russia has returned to the Middle East as a major power player. Yet its toolkit is modest, providing an opening for the United States to correct its recent policy changes.
Does the death of al-Baghdadi herald the end of the self-proclaimed Islamic State? In a word: No.
The reemergence of Russia as a major power broker in the Middle East is striking because for a quarter century after the Cold War, Russia had been absent from the region. But Russia’s absence, and not its return, is the anomaly.
Trump and Brexit are challenging Europe’s defense cooperation. The incoming European Commission will need to devote time and effort to make up for any shortfall.
Nearly a decade after the Arab Spring fizzled, a new wave of protest has swept over the Middle East and North Africa. What is different this time, and will the protesters get what they want?
Even if a government of technocrats takes over – as per popular demand – it would have to work against the vested interests of the political class.
The United States has a special obligation to those who supported or fought alongside American forces, particularly when their plight is so directly tied to American decisions.
The protests now raging across much of Latin America originated from different sparks but are connected by a single common denominator: economic malaise.
Whether drawing inspiration from fictional characters or historical heroes, young people in Beirut and Algiers are creating bold visions to take back the public space.
Civic space—the fundamental freedoms that allow people to gather, communicate, and take part in groups to influence society and politics—is the bedrock of any democracy. But it is increasingly vulnerable.
Rather than reveling prematurely in the death of Baghdadi, the world would be well advised to consider carefully the conditions that led to his rise and how to ensure that they are prevented from ever arising again in the future.
Trump’s public rollout, his overt partisanship, and the absence of a post-Baghdadi strategy to deal with the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria may well rob the administration of any lasting political and strategic gain from a well-deserved accomplishment.
The political dynamics of the wider European space have changed dramatically in recent years. The directions of democratic influence now run multiple ways, and the core assumptions underpinning EU democracy support policies need to be rethought.
Trump deserves full credit for approving the operation that led to Baghdadi’s demise. It’s a shame the information that led to the raid apparently did not come to him before the tragic decision to abruptly pull U.S. Special Forces from much of northeastern Syria.
International security experts often draw up lists of the most dangerous places on earth. These are not places that are just dangerous to their population, but rather places that irradiate conflict and instability to neighboring nations or even to other continents.
The Narendra Modi government wants to reportedly water down the provisions related to data localization proposed in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 formulated by the Justice Srikrishna Committee.
Mass protests garner significant attention, but what happens next is just as vital for achieving real and lasting change.
The Kremlin is riding high in the Middle East, where Russia’s military intervention in Syria has changed the course of the country’s civil war. The Kremlin’s actions in the Middle East have deep historical roots, but potential Russian influence should not be over-exaggerated.
Putin’s main goal was to rattle the United States and Europe, which have taken Russia’s decades-long absence from Africa for granted.
More than any other union government in the last 30 years in India, it is the BJP-led NDA government which can take a strategic approach to the economy and pursue long-term objectives.