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Seven Theories for Why Biden Is Losing (and What He Should Do About It)

It’s not Joe Biden’s poll numbers that worry me, exactly. It’s the denial of what’s behind them. Among likely voters, Biden is trailing Donald Trump by one point in Wisconsin and three points in Pennsylvania. He’s ahead by a point in Michigan. Sweeping those three states is one …

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Mexico’s Tunnels and Britain’s Electronic Visa Revive Hopes for a Better Future for Jordanian Youth

Eng. Saleem Al Batayneh Mexico’s tunnels and Britain’s electronic visa system have emerged as beacons of hope for Jordanian youth seeking a better life and a more dignified tomorrow. As the current reality in Jordan fails to offer opportunities and prosperity, many young Jordanians are embarking on perilous …

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The Coming War Between DC and Silicon Valley

The fight over who’ll innovate fastest and get the most commercial juice out of artificial intelligence is in the news nearly every day. Sam Altman won last week’s round, once again, with OpenAI’s splashy new, voice-enhanced GPT-4o. The other fight over AI is political, and here the story …

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A Compact for a Free and Open Black Sea

The Black Sea’s present and future are tied up with the progression and outcome of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. The world at large has an essential stake in the Black Sea’s freedom. Its security is simply too important to be left to the vagaries of the …

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How to Win the New Great Game in Central Asia

In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, during the “Great Game” between the Russian Empire and British Empires, Central Asia was divided into spheres of influence. Five of the modern “stans” were under St. Petersburg’s control. The Emirate (then Kingdom) of Afghanistan was neutral. Pakistan was then a …

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Coping with China’s Cleantech Growth

China’s increasing overcapacity in cleantech manufacturing has heightened tensions with the West, prompting concerns among policymakers in Washington and European capitals. With President Biden’s announcement of a broad series of tariffs aimed at stemming the flood of goods imported from China and protecting American workers and businesses, Washington …

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Proxy Wars and the Global Stage: How Major Powers Fight Without Fighting

Great powers are once again resorting to proxy wars, manipulating weaker nations to fight their battles. This allows them to achieve strategic goals and avoid direct confrontation. Proxy wars, a timeless fixture of geopolitics, have returned amid escalating strategic rivalries. Major powers, avoiding direct confrontation, manipulate third-party forces …

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Jordan’s Upcoming Elections: A Chance for Revival

Eng. Saleem Al Batayneh In a world where money and politics often intertwine to corrupt societies, the upcoming parliamentary elections in Jordan provide a glimmer of hope. Slovenian philosopher and critic Slavoj Žižek once said that the marriage of money and politics leads to corruption, undermining national security …

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Trilateral Militarization: From Missiles to Nukes

In the Philippines, the proponents of the trilateral alliance frame it as a response to the “threat of assertive China.” In reality, the unwarranted trilateral alliance seems to be the result of a longstanding US maritime counter-insurgency (COIN) campaign, resting on the work of the US Navy Department …

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