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 Russia, Germany: the “Big Game” of International Relations opens again

Giancarlo Elia Valori In 1992 the Japanese American historian and political scientist, Francis Fukuyama, gained his undeserved 15 minutes of fame by publishing a pamphlet with an evocative title, The End of History and the Last Man. The writer’s thesis was very simple: with the fall of the …

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Arctic and subarctic straits and seas in trade and geostrategy

Global climate change opens up new opportunities for international transport networks, particularly with the trend towards glacier retreat around the North Pole. If the trend continued, Arctic routes could be used more reliably, at least during the summer months and for longer periods of time. The North Sea …

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Can a U.S.-Iran Showdown Be Avoided?

Daniel DePetris Nearly a year after Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was killed by a U.S. drone strike on the outskirts of Baghdad International Airport, Iranians woke up to the news that one of their top nuclear scientists, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was ambushed and assassinated outside Tehran. Israel is widely believed …

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The Muslim world’s changing dynamics: Pakistan struggles to retain its footing

 James M. Dorsey Increasing strains between Pakistan and its traditional Arab allies, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is about more than Gulf states opportunistically targeting India’s far more lucrative market. At the heart of the tensions, that potentially complicate Pakistan’s economic recovery, is also India’s ability …

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Scientific and trade cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and Africa

Giancarlo Elia Valori China was crumbling into misery, degradation and despair, in the middle of that 109-year period (1840-1949) known as the era of semi-wild and semi-colonial China. As early as 1840, the year of the Opium War, declared by Britain on China to bring in the drugs …

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Libya: lights and shadows of the peace process

Giancarlo Elia Valori After six days of intense closed-door talks between the 75 delegates of the various Libyan factions summoned to Tunis by the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), Stephanie Williams, the first round of negotiations that ended on November 15 confirmed the “ceasefire”, but …

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Futurism Is Workless: Calling G20 2020

Naseem Javeed Today, increasingly all our work of sorts, repeated laborious and mundane, now openly snatched across the world by robotic revolutions, supported by AI+AR+VR and block-chained programs. This is not a bad thing. This is a global uplift for our imagination creating extra thinking time. Humankind finally …

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COVID-19 crisis reinforces the need for reforms to drive growth and reduce inequality

Effective containment measures, a well-functioning health system and swift public support to firms and households have helped Lithuania to weather the COVID-19 crisis to date. That said, the pandemic still carries significant economic risks, and the recent upsurge in infections is very concerning. Once a recovery is under …

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Democracy in decline and its fate after the crisis: Why will the big crisis kill liberalism with or without the demos

Vasily Koltashov Being praised as never before, democracy was in crisis. The reality of the economic problems of 2008-2020 led to a new critical moment. All this makes us think about the meaning of the word “democracy”, about the economic logic of history and much more. Twilight of …

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