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Drinking rum until I understand the Cuban embargo

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Peter Van Buren writes
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It was easier for me to enter Cuba than it was for me to come back to the United States. “Be sure to try our rum while you’re here!” said the Cuban immigration official. “You’ll need to pay duty on the rum you declared,” grumped the American customs officer a week later, after the retinal scan, facial recognition scan, photo, passport inspection, and bag check that welcomed me home.

Comment(s) 7/28/2017

How Putin sparked a Western military renaissance

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Peter Apps writes
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This month’s G20 meeting in Hamburg showed Western countries still struggling for a strategy to stop suspected Russian meddling in their politics and hacking their elections

Comment(s) 7/24/2017

Don’t write off post-Brexit London just yet

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John Lloyd writes
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The City of London, with New York one of the two greatest financial centers of the world, is under a greater threat to its primacy than at any time in its 20th and 21st-century history

Comment(s) 7/24/2017

Europe’s Brexit envy

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John Lloyd writes
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Britain’s intention to leave the European Union - Brexit - will greatly affect the rest of the world. It’s not confined to the effect it will have on the British economy, even if that is likely to be major, nor on the adjustments the remaining 27 EU states must make

Comment(s) 7/22/2017

The road to Afghanistan peace does not lie in Kabul

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Rahmatullah Nabil - Melissa Skorka writes
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Given wide-ranging authority by the Trump White House to determine its own course of action, the Pentagon is now considering troop levels in Afghanistan

Comment(s) 7/19/2017

The future of European defense: NATO or an EU army?

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ŞAFAK OĞUZ writes
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Since the beginning of the post-Cold War era, the EU has been working to develop its own security and defense policy and establish its own military independent of the U.S.

Comment(s) 7/15/2017

US-Turkey relations on the up?

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Megan Gisclon writes
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Following his roughly two-hour meeting this week with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that “things are getting a little better” between the two, a sharp contrast to Tillerson’s first trip to Turkey just a few short months ago

Comment(s) 7/14/2017

The New Turks: How the influx of Syrians is changing Turkey

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Selim Koru and Omar Kadkoy*writes
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Throughout the history of the Republic, Turkey has been the epitome of a nation state, strong in its self-perception as a homogeneous entity.

Comment(s) 7/13/2017

Pulling the EU out of its existential crisis

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Sebahat Demirci writes
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The EU is largely viewed as a success story on the path of European integration and as a cornerstone of European stability and prosperity

Comment(s) 7/8/2017

Turkish military base in Idlib: What implications for domestic politics?

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Sinan Baykent writes
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Presidential Spokesperson Ambassador İbrahim Kalın recently stated that military cooperation between Turkey and Russia could extend to Syria’s Idlib province in the upcoming weeks and months. “The idea will be discussed in depth during the next session of Astana talks,” he said

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