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The United States, France and the United Kingdom were forced to attack Syrian government forces for using chemical weapons against rebels. But that cannot disguise the unpleasant fact that the only road to peace in Syria leads to Damascus and President Bashar al-Assad.
Maghreb & the Middle East
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
internet companies are on solid ground when they defend their right to collect
and process data on consumers to improve their services. The problem begins
when individual privacy is not sufficiently guarded or technology giants such
as Amazon acquire so much sway both in the market and in the political sphere
that they may become able to distort competition.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a summit in Ankara with Russian President
Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on April 4. The focus of
the meeting was Syria. The move showed how Turkey is renewing efforts to
overcome past rivalries and improve relations with its neighbors to solve one
of the biggest threats to its interests. If these three regional powers can
manage to use realpolitik, there may be hope for a resolution to the Syria
conflict – at least in the short term.
Massive data leaks from Facebook have spurred calls for tighter government regulation of social media. That is the worst possible response.
its oil and natural gas reserves near depletion, Brunei is searching for ways
to diversify its economy, but thus far the only country willing to invest in
the strategically located sultanate is China. Europe, the United States and
Japan are missing on an important business and geopolitical opportunity in
South & Southeast Asia
From trade protectionism to government overspending, bad economic ideas are
weakening the world’s stability, while increasingly confrontational policies
are adopted by global and regional powers.
economic imbalances are weighing on Western economies, while global power
shifts threaten the world order. But those are not the problems that leaders in
Europe and many politicians in the U.S. have chosen to focus on. Instead, they
continue deficit spending to pay for handouts to their supporters and
marginalize outsiders who think outside the box. This lack of visionary
leadership is a major source of weakness.
Vietnam is a textbook example of how a middle-sized power can learn to survive on one of the world's most dangerous geopolitical fault lines.
Brexit may cause a lot of turmoil if the divorce
process is mismanaged by London and Brussels, but economic dislocation in the
UK and continental Europe will be much worse if free-market policies are
abandoned on both sides of the English Channel. This is truly the worst
Turkey is a regional power, a direct neighbor of
Middle Eastern states and their historic trading and political partner. The
West continues to ignore its national interests only at the risk of its own