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Arab Barometer

The Arab Spring, six years later

Washington - The Arab Spring may seem like a distant memory, but a new report by a team of Arab and American analysts argues that across the Middle East people still feel the same yearning for better governance and rule of law that motivated protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The persistence of this vision of more modern and just government is... weiter

Trump's presidency

Stephen Bannon's dangerous populist revolution

Washington - At the red-hot center of President Trump's first 10 days in office has been his strategist Stephen Bannon, who proclaims a global populist movement for "Judeo-Christian" values and against radical Islam.Bannon is a passionate ideologue who is the intellectual center of the new administration... weiter

West Bank

What does Israel want from America?

Tel Aviv, Israel - President Donald Trump's embrace of Israel poses an unlikely dilemma for leaders of the Jewish state: They have to decide what they want from America, and on that question, there's sharp disagreement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to seize the Trump moment Tuesday by announcing that Israel plans to construct 2... weiter

National Security

Keep the CIA on the path to 'modernization'

Washington - CIA Director John Brennan's biggest concern the past few years hasn't been Russian hacking, or even the wars in the Middle East, but what he calls "modernization" of the agency. In an effort to improve performance of this notoriously siloed organization, Brennan moved to fuse operations (the agency's vaunted spies) and analysis (its... weiter

Donald Trump

The country needs to know the extent of Russian meddling1

Washington - The intelligence community's allegation that Russia intervened covertly in the 2016 election describes a significant assault on our democracy. The country needs to know more: The charge needs to be followed up with an independent investigation that continues after Donald Trump becomes president on Jan. 20... weiter

National Security

Gates offers words of wisdom for Trump presidency

Washington - Bob Gates has worked in senior national-security positions for the last five presidents, Republican and Democratic. So it's noteworthy - and to me, encouraging - that he is advising President-elect Donald Trump, too. Gates, a former defense secretary, CIA director and deputy national security adviser... weiter

Beliebte Inhalte

  1. Warning against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.
  2. "We’re fortunate I’m a multi-billionaire"
  3. Procedures for the appointment of the Secretary-General
  1. "We’re fortunate I’m a multi-billionaire"