Saturday, September 5, 2015
  1. China’s History Parade

    Rana Mitter

    China’s History Parade


     asks what Nationalist WWII veterans were doing at the Communist Party's big military display.

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    The huge parade in the center of Beijing on September 3 to commemorate the end of World War II showed that the authorities are preparing the ground to install a new narrative about the war as a central part of Chinese national identity. Is a more inclusive tribute to China’s past a signal of incipient pluralism in China’s present? READ MORE

  2. Vladimir Putin’s Soviet Dream

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    Vladimir Putin’s Soviet Dream


     blames the Russian president's outdated worldview for the country's failure to modernize.

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    From China’s activities in the South China Sea to the Islamic State’s advance in the Middle East, competition and conflict are threatening long-standing regional orders. But perhaps the most critical conflict, with implications for all the rest, is in Ukraine, which has become central to Russia's expansionist ambitions. READ MORE

  3. Diplomacy at the Top of the World

    James F. Collins, ET AL

    Diplomacy at the Top of the World

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    , ET AL  warn against allowing geopolitical tensions to derail cooperation in the Arctic.

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    Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West have been running high in recent years, but there remain areas where constructive cooperation and dialogue remain possible. These include issues critical to the Arctic, such as maritime safety, energy development, responses to oil spills, and fisheries management. READ MORE

  4. A New Chance for Cyprus

    Martti Ahtisaari, ET AL

    A New Chance for Cyprus

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    , ET AL  emphasize the importance for Europe of a potential agreement to overcome the island's division.

    Turkish Cypriot flag Paul Quayle/ZumaPress

    The Greek crisis may seem unending, but there are hints that a problem festering in Europe for even longer – the division of Cyprus – may be moving toward resolution. For the first time since 2004, there is a fragile alignment of the political stars over the eastern Mediterranean. READ MORE

  5. The End of Iran’s Islamic Revolution

    Saïd Amir Arjomand

    The End of Iran’s Islamic Revolution


     says that traditional questions of national interest and realpolitik have come to the fore.

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    The nuclear agreement that Iran concluded last month with the major global powers marked the end of its revolution, after 35 years. But it was not US-led sanctions that forced Iran's leaders to attend to traditional questions of national interest and realpolitik; it was the rise of the Islamic State. READ MORE

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