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Juggling East and West

As Hassan Rouhani travelled to Shanghai this week to attend a pan-Asian security conference, foreign policy observers back in Tehran …

A Commercial for China

Ratings matter to commercial radio and television because the size of the audience determines the price of sponsors’ airtime. But …

Turkey Turns East

Judging from the reactions, as well as from private conversations with diplomats, Turkey’s decision to co-produce a missile defense system …

As Venezuela, so Iran?

The recent election upset by Hassan Rouhani, who will shortly become Iran’s president, as well as a period diplomatic repositioning …

Time and Tide Wait for No Man

The geopolitical waves that roil across history have many origins and characteristics. There is the rise and fall of civilizations …

Small Steps Forward

As the jewel in a rather unpleasant dictatorship’s crown, Almaty was perhaps a strange choice of venue for the latest …

A Race against Time

It sounds like the plot of an Indiana Jones film: a team of archaeologists battling against time and terrorist attacks …