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Analysis and Commentary

In Fight For Libya, Russia And Turkey Keep A 19th-Century War On The Front Burner

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Russia and Turkey just escalated their two-front war over which country will be the big dog in the Middle East. The two rivals have been at this game for a couple of centuries, but it just got a lot more serious this week when Russia introduced jet fighters into the Libyan civil war.

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Compromising The Knowledge Economy: Authoritarian Challenges To Independent Intellectual Inquiry

by Glenn Tiffertvia National Endowment for Democracy
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

This report explores the compromising effects of sharp power on the civil society institutions that democratic societies depend on for knowledge production, including universities, publishers, and think tanks. Authoritarian regimes—China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and others—are exploiting unanticipated vulnerabilities in open knowledge economies to challenge free intellectual inquiry from the inside. 

In the News

Will Hunger Pangs Among Migrant Labour Lead To Anger On The Streets?

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Citizen Matters
Monday, May 4, 2020

“I don’t see the pandemic but the hunger and starvation that comes with it as the reason for large scale unrest,” says Manaswini Bhalla, Associate Professor, Economics at IIM Bangalore. The context was the sorry plight of migrant and daily wage laborers stuck in the bigger cities due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Interviews

Dr. Stephen Krasner & Sun Vs. Virus

interview with Stephen D. Krasnervia Overnight America (KMOX)
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Stephen Krasner discusses America’s failures in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa.

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Pandemic Is But One Of America’s Security Concerns

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 23, 2020

The virus may burn out, but an even scarier world continues.

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Who’s Afraid of Cyberwar?

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Tehran often threatens to unleash cyberwarfare against the United States. Its hacking skills may be worrisome, but they’re no match for military might.

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Getting Iran to the Table

by Jonathan Movroydis interview with Abraham D. Sofaervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Abraham D. Sofaer lays out a way to make progress even with an intractable, violent nation like the Islamic Republic.

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Lives in the Balance

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Imbalance, the historical curse of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, also affords the clash a certain stability. What we can learn from the motif of sustained crisis.

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Letting Go of the Mideast

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

For the first time in many decades, the Middle East is no longer indispensable to America’s security or economic needs.

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How to Be a Dictator

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Frank Diköttervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Frank Dikötter on the tribe of tyrants, from Stalin to Mao. What the bad guys have in common.

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