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Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so-called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh.

Iran's Fighters Are Dying in Syria -- Will it Change Anything?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.06.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

While Iranian leaders project that they are fighting ISIS, Iranian forces are not anywhere close to an ISIS stranglehold. Instead, they appear to be battling Syrian rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army, to force them to retreat or prevent them from capturing more territories in Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus.

The Jordan Imperative

Guy Golan | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Guy Golan

The smile on Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during his meeting with NATO ministers said it all.

Israel Helps EU Deal With New Reality

Alex Benjamin | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Alex Benjamin

Brussels is renowned as a foggy place. But its is starting to feel like people are now slowly beginning to see what is at stake.

Iran-Russia: Khamenei and Putin's Courtship

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rarely meets with world leaders, but this week he hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made his first visit to Iran since 2007. Putin held talks with Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Paris Attacks: Iran Criticizes the West, ISIS 'Bit the Leg of Its Owners'

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting.

Migrants in a Time of Terrorism

William Lacy Swing | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
William Lacy Swing

The past is a foreign country we no longer can see. We can't even visit--there is no passport to gain us entry -- so it's high time we stop trying to live there.

Encryption Is Not The Problem

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Privacy and security are not opposing forces but mutually beneficial of each other and crucially intertwined as a means of protecting and advancing us. We need to protect them both in order to truly protect ourselves.

'No more crossed wires': how open innovation is born from company collaboration

Benjamin Cave | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Benjamin Cave

Open Data Institute trainer Ben Cave shares the wide benefits of the open approach taken with eLearning developer Sponge UK in collaborating on the ne...

Leaked Document Reveals Internal Struggle for Human Rights Protections at the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

At a time when the World Bank is poised to increase its investment in fragile and conflict states, and return to its bad old ways of lending to mega-projects like big dams and infrastructure, strong safeguards to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable don't pay the price are more important than ever.

Iran's Divided Domestic Politics -- Hardliners Reassert Leadership

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The smiles of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and his American-educated Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appear to be fading as the hardliners take back the driver's seat. Rowhani spent all his political capital on the nuclear deal, to which the hardliners are reacting harshly.

Europe's Long Goodbye to Open Borders

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If a bomb can explode in a stadium in France with the French president sitting in it, there is a problem. The Paris attacks are a wake-up call.

EU's New 'Differentiation Strategy' Vis-a-Vis Israel Is a Pro-Peace Strategy

Anders Persson | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Anders Persson

Several rounds of failed negotiations between the parties has led observers on all sides in the conflict to argue that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is beginning to move out of the two-state solution paradigm and into an uncertain future.

EU Says Products Made In Palestinian Territories Should Not Be Labeled ‘Made In Israel’

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.11.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- The European Union released a highly anticipated set of guidelines Wednesday instructing member states how to differentiate between pro...

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Islamic Republic: "Death to America" Will Remain

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The expectations that Western-Iran diplomatic relationships are improving was somewhat shattered when recently an overwhelming majority of Iranian lawmakers and parliamentarians stated that the Islamic Republic will not abandon the inflammatory slogan of "Death to America."

Khamenei's New Nuclear Conditions -- Khamenei Playing the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has masterfully sniffed out the weaknesses of President Obama and his administration, and the revelation of his new conditions on the nuclear deal suggests that Khamenei is ready to milk the administration more and obtain more concessions.

Greece: Shipwrecks Kill 31 People In Aegean Sea

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Drowned babies and toddlers washed onto Greece's famed Aegean Sea beaches, and a grim-faced diver pulled a drowned mother...

Seize the Opportunity for a Sustainable Path

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.22.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In "The collapse of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik's Cube," Microsoft's Brad Smith provides insight on ways to ensure European...

Russia: And the Danger of an Irrelevant Gas Station

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Edward Goldberg

It is the declining power, Russia, that is both threatened by the global order and threatening to the global order, that has nothing to lose in trying to reshuffle the deck. Russia is the only major economy that, beyond a collapsing energy market, has no skin in the globalized game.

The European Union And China On The New Silk Roads

David Gosset | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
David Gosset

The complex but irreversible integration of the European continent and the renaissance of the Chinese civilization arguably constitute the most significant factors of change of our time, the wise articulation of these two processes can only be mutually enriching and a source of growth and stability for our global village.

Kurdistan's Slow Rolling Coup d'état

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.

Political Impotence and International Arousal: Get Up!

Shahar Azani | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

When it comes to international crises, one should not rely on the "world" to come to their rescue. The "world" is busy. It is up to the parties themselves and those directly affected by the situation to take the lead and find a solution to the problems at hand.

These Swedish Entrepreneurs Want To Help Fly Refugees To The EU

HuffPost Germany | Lea Kosh | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact

Every day, thousands of refugees and migrants set off for Europe: This year alone, some 562,797 people have arrived in Europe by sea. To escape ...

What Would Happen if Britain Left the EU?

Michael Hobbes | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Michael Hobbes

The British government has committed to holding a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union. But leaving the EU doesn't mean what a lot of its supporters think it does. I made a video describing the three most likely scenarios if the UK went independent, and why none of them will actually get Britain out of European control.