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Mission Impossible

On 2 August Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and the current UN-Arab League Special Envoy to …

A Tale of Two Summits

Vladmir Putin arrived this past week in Beijing to discuss the crisis in Syria which has become a moment to …

The Price of Union

The six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have emerged as influential regional and international actors over the past …

East Meets Middle East

The exhibition opened explosively—literally—over a vast stretch of open land in Qatar. The ominously titled Black Ceremony exploded in a …

Friends of Syria Have no Teeth

On Friday, some 70 foreign ministers and diplomats met in Tunis in the first meeting of the “Friends of Syria”, …

Sanctioning Iran

  The United Nations and its individual members have adopted a series of increasingly severe economic and other sanctions aimed …