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Long-term financial reforms: key to manage China’s imbalances

As China prepares for the 19th Congress of the Communist Party – a tightly controlled and close event to be held later this year – many China-watchers have been wondering whether the country’s leadership can continue to stir the economy without triggering any instability...

The meaning and limits of an impeachment procedure

To make a long story short: does Donald Trump deserve to be removed from the office of president of the United States? Yes, probably. Can he be removed through impeachment proceedings? Yes, technically. Will he be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate? No, most probably...

Congress vs. the President; What Trump can learn from Obama

President Donald Trump was backed into a corner in late July, forced to sign a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, despite opposing it on substance and form...

Trump’s Climate Policy and the Risks for Wall Street

By walking away from the Paris climate agreement, the Trump administration has inadvertently made the U.S. financial system more unstable...

In Syria, where the rebels' resistance is fading away

"It makes no sense to keep on this way. Really. It makes no sense." The dazed man I am standing in front of, a man I'll call Hadi, is the commander of the al-Qaeda unit I'd like to get back to Syria with. But in Khan Sheikun there's just been a new gas attack. "Come!," he told me over the phone. "It's urgent." There are rumors of a mass desertion. Many rebels seems to be about to surrender...

The Greek left on the rough path of Realpolitik

Syriza, the party of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has been remarkably flexible when it comes to putting ideas into practice since taking power after the September 2015 election. It is therefore unsurprising  that the same goes for its political allies across Europe. As soon as the political situation shifts, no-one is considered irreplaceable...

The U.S. and Thailand: warm relations but Thailand stays the same

Although General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s meeting with President Trump, which was supposed to take place in late July, has been postponed, Thailand’s relations with the United States still appear warmer now than at any time since the country’s 2014 coup...

Malaysia in the balance

In the past year U.S. prosecutors have taken steps towards confiscating nearly $2 billion in high-end real estate, precious works of art and even the rights to Hollywood movies like ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ that high-ranking Malaysian politicians, entrepreneurs and financiers acquired with funds they allegedly stole from a government development fund...

The Indian Ocean: an "Indian idea"

This thought has been brewing in the corridors of power at Raisina Hill these days. Diplomats whisper about it, while at least one prominent not-for-profit India Foundation, which counts two sitting cabinet ministers as mentors, has started organising an Indian Ocean Conference (to be held this year in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after Singapore last year)...

Riyadh's viewpoint on the Qatar issue

June 5th was a watershed day in the history of the Arab Gulf nations. On this day, regional giants Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and neighboring Bahrain, finally decided to call Qatar’s bluff for its support of terror financing and disrupting regional security by aligning with Iran...