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Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
Daniel Ross Goodman | 28 August 2014 |
tags: ageing, films, human dignity
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.


Iraq and Syria follow Lebanon’s precedent
George Friedman | 28 August 2014 |
tags: Iraq, Middle East, Stratfor, Syria
A strong case can be made that the nation states created a century ago in the Middle East are now defunct.


The urgency of peace
Michael Cook | 25 August 2014 |
tags: Gaza, Hamas, Israel, peace
Peace between Israel and Hamas must be founded on justice, not merely a cessation of hostilities.


Europe’s malaise: the new normal?
George Friedman | 20 August 2014 |
tags: economics, Europe, European Union, Stratfor
Europe has been mired in an economic crisis of slow growth and high unemployment for half a decade now.


Play it again, Sam
Mark Beeson | 18 August 2014 |
tags: clash of civilizations, Islam
The late Samuel Huntington's claim that we face a clash of civilizations needs to be dusted off.


Historical Kiev, a city ringing with ‘holy, heavenly songs’
Judith Armstrong | 07 August 2014 |
tags: Russia, Ukraine
The seat of today's beleaguered Ukraine government was once the mother of Russian cities.


Israel’s stated aims in Gaza make no sense…
Stephen Chan | 31 July 2014 |
tags: Gaza, Hamas, Israel
...and cannot secure a just future.


The Hamas government in Gaza has always been a tragic mess
Stephen Chan | 31 July 2014 |
tags:
But to describe Hamas as merely a terrorist group is to miss its complexities.


A war which can have no outcome
George Friedman | 30 July 2014 |
tags: Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Palestine
Neither Israel nor Hamas believes that this will bring an end to their conflict.


World War I centenary: five historians, two questions
Dragan Stavljanin | 29 July 2014 |
tags: history, World War I
What caused it? Can it happen again?


Can Putin survive?
George Friedman | 23 July 2014 |
tags: Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin
Russia's strongman is far from finished, but events in Ukraine have weakened his position.


When will the rivers of hatred run dry?
Michael Cook | 22 July 2014 |
tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine, peace
Can Barack Obama earn his Nobel Peace Prize retrospectively by bringing peace to Israel?


Reflections on an unforgiving day
George Friedman | 18 July 2014 |
tags: Israel, Palestine, Russia, Stratfor, Ukraine
What links the twin tragedies of a downed plane over the Ukraine and Israel's invasion of Gaza?


Gaza situation report
George Friedman | 14 July 2014 |
tags: ethics of warfare, Hamas, Israel, Palestine
Hamas and Israel are playing a deadly game with no clear outcome.


On its 237th birthday, some of America’s problems haven’t changed
Dave Richards | 04 July 2014 |
tags: history, USA
Many national issues today remain eerily similar to the problems faced by Washington and his colleagues.


The Sunni Ramadan offensive and the lessons of Tet
George Friedman | 02 July 2014 |
tags: Iraq, jihadists, syria
Sunni jihadists have won a propaganda victory. But can they maintain their momentum?


The US has unfinished business in Ukraine and Iraq
George Friedman | 25 June 2014 |
tags: Barack Obama, Dwight Eisenhower, Iraq, Ukraine
If Obama needs a role model, let him look to the subtle and experienced Dwight Eisenhower.


An agenda for the new King of Spain
Carolyn Moynihan | 20 June 2014 |
tags: family values, monarchy, Spain
Felipe VI has taken over - here are some of the things he needs to do.


The intrigue lying behind Iraq’s jihadist uprising
Reva Bhalla | 19 June 2014 |
tags: Iraq, jihadists, oil industry, Stratfor
There are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game.


How has Iraq lost a third of its territory to ISIS in three days?
Ali Mamouri | 16 June 2014 |
tags: Iraq, Islam
A deadly rift has opened up within Iraqi society.


What crisis comes after the Ukraine crisis?
George Friedman | 11 June 2014 |
tags: foreign policy, Russia, Ukraine, USA
This strategic country could become a battleground in a new Cold War.


“Tiananmen Square is being cleansed with blood”
Lars Laamann | 06 June 2014 |
tags: anniversaries, China, Communism, Tiananmen Square
How a movement for social justice ended in a night of horror.


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