Thursday, November 26, 2015
  1. Turkey’s Diplomatic Dogfight

    Ana Palacio

    Turkey’s Diplomatic Dogfight


     calls upon the EU and Turkey to build a genuine partnership, rather than a transactional arrangement.

    Turkey flag behind European Union flag.

    Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane risks intensifying the violence engulfing Syria, thereby dashing hopes for a rapprochement between Russia and the West that had arisen in the wake of the Paris massacre. To address these challenges, Turkey and the EU must commit to building a genuine partnership. READ MORE

  2. The Right Fight Against Terrorism

    Chris Patten
  3. Syria’s Two Wars

    Christopher R. Hill

    Syria’s Two Wars


     outlines strategies for ending the fight over Assad's leadership and defeating the Islamic State.

    Map showing Syria and Middle East.

    Syria is being wracked by two wars. One, between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups like the Free Syrian Army, can be resolved only through the kind of diplomatic solution that the peace talks in Vienna are aiming to reach; the other, being waged by the Islamic State, calls for a very different approach. READ MORE

  4. Ending Blowback Terrorism

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Ending Blowback Terrorism


     makes the case that the US – and the CIA in particular – has a lot to answer for.

    US military operation.

    Painful as it is to admit, the West, especially the United States, bears a significant degree of responsibility for creating the conditions in which the Islamic State has flourished. Only a change in US strategy can reduce the risk of further terrorism. READ MORE

  5. The Rise of the Anti-Havels

    Aryeh Neier

    The Rise of the Anti-Havels


     laments the abandonment of human-rights idealism and the rise of xenophobia in Central Europe.

    Vaclav Havel memorial in Prague, Czech Republic. Veronika

    November 17 is a Czech national holiday, marking the start of the “Velvet Revolution” of 1989, which ended more than four decades of communist rule and propelled the country’s best-known proponent of human rights, the playwright Václav Havel, to the presidency. This year’s commemoration was an insult to the revolution’s legacy. READ MORE

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