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In the context of the fires in Australia, one is understandably tempted to use “biblical justice” not so much as a fighting term to incriminate a nation, but as a clarion call to all of us about a key concept that will be pivotal in determining human futures.

Australia’s Great Fire and Biblical Justice

The images from the Sydney skyline are so indelible not because the city is located in the developed world, but because they represent the front gates of hell

’’As a nation, we have to prove to the world that the United States is prepared to lead again.’’

Why America Must Lead Again

By: EBR | Monday, January 27, 2020

Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump

"The constitution is a living instrument”, Putin said recently. "In principle, it can be changed in one way or another."

President Putin presents new plans to hold power

By: EBR | Friday, January 24, 2020

Russian President Putin proposed a sweeping constitutional reform that would give him several options to retain power after 2024, when his term ends

Mr Erdogan was an ardent supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood when it held power in Cairo, and there is mounting concern, especially in Europe, that the Turkish leader has now set his sights on establishing a similar regime in Libya.

Erdogan’s Bold Plan for a New Muslim Brotherhood Regime in Libya

By: EBR | Thursday, January 23, 2020

The concern now is that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will use the failure of international mediators to end the fighting to intensify his support for the GNA, thereby strengthening the position of the numerous Islamist militias that are backing the UN-backed body

The top 10 countries in this year’s rankings are high-income economies that perform well across both the input (i.e. market landscape, education) and output (i.e. employability, talent impact) pillars of the GTCI model.

The World’s Most Talent Competitive Countries, 2020

By: EBR | Thursday, January 23, 2020

Dystopian science fiction, as well as recent dire warnings from industry, have sometimes pointed at the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI)

Those who applaud the assassination of General Soleimani seem to simply equate him to a terrorist who certainly deserved to meet his fate.

Trump’s Soleimani Killing Undermines Global Order

By: EBR | Thursday, January 23, 2020

What sort of global order will we have left if the leaders of one country eliminate the leaders of another? Nothing but global chaos would ensue

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"We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty".

Opening "Davos", Donald Trump lauds US economy, whereas IMF and PwC downbeat outlooks overshadow climate goals

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Opening the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, President Trump touted what he described as a ‘blue-collar boom’ transforming the US economy and hailed his trade agreement with China in a speech to global business and government leaders

«China’s inexorable rise and America’s progressive abandonment of its post-World War 2 multilateralism leave Europe and Russia with no clear paths to follow.»

"Geopolitical Europe’s" first test is to bridge the China-US split

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

No one knows whether “Geopolitical Europe” will turn out to be another empty slogan. Perhaps Ursula von der Leyen’s new European Commission can succeed in giving the EU the global heft and weight it has never had, but that would require an unprecedented tour de force from Brussels

«On January 19, the German chancellor hosted world leaders in Berlin to try and forge a ceasefire in Libya. It was a highly risky decision. And a symbolic one.»

Is Libya Merkel’s Legacy?

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The efforts to end the war in Libya is a test of German leadership. It might even be the beginning of a new role for Germany, which can no longer afford to let others do the diplomacy and the fighting

Berlin — Russia, Turkey and a dozen other international powers with competing interests in oil-rich Libya called Sunday for a cease-fire and an arms embargo, committing to end their own interference on the ground to give Libyans space for a political reconciliation.

International Powers Call for Cease-Fire in Libya’s Long Civil War

By: EBR | Monday, January 20, 2020

After a Berlin meeting, Russia, Turkey and other countries pledged to end their interference in the North African nation to make way for peace efforts

One of the world’s gravest long-term security risks may involve the transfer of know-how related to sophisticated weapons systems to the Saudis and the UAE.

Irresponsible US Arms Exports

By: EBR | Monday, January 20, 2020

The shortsightedness of the United States in allowing arms production facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is unbelievable

Ms Tsai secured her victory in a vibrant democracy thriving in the Chinese speaking world.

Taiwan voters chose for security and re-elected their President

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, January 17, 2020

Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s pro-sovereignty president , stormed to a second term in office after an election dominated by the island’s tense relationship with mainland China

It is certainly not Western sanctions alone that are causing Iran’s economic misery, but also the economic incompetence of the regime.

Iran: Another Hong Kong, But No Russia or North Korea

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The two messages from the Iranian people to their leaders: First, for all your gloating about Iran’s nuclear arsenal, nobody can eat nuclear weapons. Second, we want a different future

«In the warped British system of “first-past-the-post,” the Conservative Party got 56.2% of seats in parliament, while receiving only 43.6% of the popular vote.»

Five Lessons for US Democrats from Boris Johnson’s Victory in the UK

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

What the Democrats must do to avoid Donald Trump’s reelection in 2020

The EU’s clout in the volatile Middle East is limited. Valiant efforts made to preserve the Iranian nuclear deal are just that: valiant.

Measure EU clout where it counts – and that’s Africa, not the Middle East

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

It’s been a sobering start for ‘Geopolitical Europe’. America’s killing of Qassem Suleimani, Iran’s top military commander, spurred frenetic EU activity

Τhe reason for building an alternative waterway between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, currently linked by the narrow 31-kilometer corridor of the Bosporus strait, is to avoid the recurrence of maritime catastrophes.

The Grandiose Dream and Impending Catastrophe of Canal Istanbul

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Canal Istanbul is a truly international and environmental issue, not just a dream-come-true story for Turkey’s leadership

’’The US and China have not decoupled yet, but that could happen if leaders on both sides do not correct their course.’’

What can companies do to de-escalate the US-China trade war?

By: EBR | Friday, January 10, 2020

At the outset of 2020, the world’s two largest economies are not getting along. In July 2018, the current US administration imposed tariffs on $34 billion of goods imported from China

Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from its territory against at least two Iraqi facilities hosting US-led coalition personnel, the US military said.

Iran missile attacks target US forces in Iraq; Trump says ‘All is well!’

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Iran launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East

The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s ruthless Quds Force, has shaken the leaders of the biggest European countries.

Europe’s Dangerous Irrelevance in Washington and the Middle East

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Europeans have neither the political will nor military means to contain the fallout of the assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani

Voters were unhappy with the economic situation on the island and the painful reforms the president proposed.

Hong Kong revolt decisive for Taiwan’s presidential election

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Saturday January 11, the day of the presidential election in Taiwan

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