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Why India sees China’s Belt Road as a geopolitical threat

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently made his maiden state visit to India. As is the norm, before his departure he outlined the Trump administration’s policy towards India...

Assessing global gas markets: recent trends and future prospects

Natural gas - a low-carbon, efficient and flexible fuel - is an opportunity for the world as we look for efficient paths to decarbonization. But this is an opportunity that has yet to be fully reaped, because of a combination of concerns on costs, supply security and long-term sustainability...

The sinister echoes of 1917 in today’s Russia

A century after Russia’s 1917 revolutions, the current government has hardly reflected on either event...

The ambivalent Russian soul

A century was not enough for Russia to absorb not only the effects, but the reasons for the 1917 Revolution. Both Russian society and government still lack a consensus on whether it was one of the greatest tragedies, or an idealistic and utopian leap forward that made Russia one of the two great superpowers of the 20th century...

Europe's regional question

Will Freddy Heineken be proven right after all? Will Europe function better, both politically and economically, if divided into smaller, autonomous regions? In 1992, the Dutch beer magnate published a book called The United States of Europe (a Eurotopia?)...

The depressing sameness of American foreign policy in the Middle East

Despite their deep, irreconcilable differences across the board, Trump’s and Obama’s strategic approaches to the Middle East are strikingly similar. Both recent administrations have sought to avoid pointless distractions in the Middle East, pursuing an offshore balancing strategy...

Austria’s new breed of right-wing populism: a conversation with Ivan Vejvoda

“In Austria we have seen a pattern that resembles what we have seen in Germany and other countries: a rise in populism, a renationalization of politics and a resurgence of the far right...

De-certifying the Iran nuclear deal: Trump’s credibility at stake

Ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration, the fate of the Iran nuclear deal has been in limbo...

The Syrian army: An Arab force backed by Russia and Iran

I recently mentioned to some colleagues that I was writing an in-depth analysis of the factors behind the success of Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria. One of them replied candidly, “There is little to analyze...

Washington’s Kurdish Dilemmas

Iraqi Kurdistan’s recent referendum regarding independence from Iraq has provoked an overwhelmingly negative response in the Middle East and beyond. There is no question that most Kurds support transforming their autonomous region in northern Iraq into an internationally recognized independent state...