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Karabakh

Conflict in the Caucasus1

Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh - The military commander of this breakaway Armenian republic predicted in an interview here Monday that a fragile cease-fire could collapse within days. By that night, Azerbaijani shelling had killed two Armenian soldiers in a northern border town, amid accusations by each side that the other had violated the truce... weiter




Arab Youth

Don't give up on the Arabs2

Washington - As President Obama travels this week to Saudi Arabia, here's a surprising snapshot of what young Arabs think: They're scared about the Islamic State and terrorism; they yearn for more freedom and gender equality; they fear that the Arab Spring has made life worse; and they're increasingly skeptical about the role of traditional... weiter




Energy technology

Moniz leads a quiet revolution in clean energy

Washington - So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area - energy and the environment - where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners becomes president. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz... weiter





Economic sanctions

A warning against the overuse of sanctions

Washington - Economic sanctions have become the "silver bullet" of American foreign policy over the last decade, because they're cheaper and more effective in compelling adversaries than traditional military power. But Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warns of a "risk of overuse" that could neuter the sanctions weapon and harm America... weiter




security threat

The dark path to Brussels1

Washington - The value of catastrophic events is that they can help people face up to problems that are otherwise impossible to address. Maybe this will be the case with Tuesday's horrific attacks in Brussels. Europe is facing a security threat that's unprecedented in its modern history, at a time when its common currency... weiter




U.S. diplomacy

The Middle East's jagged puzzle pieces

Washington - Asked to describe the current shape of the Middle East, a visiting Israeli official uses a Hebrew expression, "gam vegam", which translates roughly to: "It's going in both directions at once." The shards of the Middle East mosaic are as sharp and dangerous as ever, but U.S., Israeli, and Arab officials say these pieces have been... weiter





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