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Sovereign finances survived the global recession, just barely in some cases, but now Puerto Rico and Venezuela are insolvent. While the reasons for their plight may differ, there are lessons common to all defaults that investors and citizens should heed.

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    Time to Bite the Bullet in Syria

    Carl Bildt

    US President Donald Trump's impulsive decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria and allow Turkey to launch a military campaign against the Kurds there has proved utterly disastrous. But a crisis was already inevitable, given the realities on the ground and the absence of a coherent US or Western policy in Syria.

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