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Europe's Nobel Project

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On Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded this year's peace prize to the European Union, citing its six-decade-long contribution "to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe." But the EU's crucial role in uniting a fragmented, war-torn continent has lately been eclipsed by political infighting and a financial crisis that threaten to tear it apart. Will the EU continue to serve as a beacon of peace?

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    The End of the Islamic Republic

    Abbas Milani

    Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi’s victory in Iran’s presidential election places all of the country’s levers of power in the hands of regime hardliners for the first time in decades. But behind the apparent consolidation of power, domestic turmoil looms as the country's structural challenges worsen.

    sees in Iran's recent presidential election an outcome that is at once farcical and hugely consequential.
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    Finding the Origins of COVID-19 and Preventing Future Pandemics

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Research into the source of the pandemic has so far proved to be inconclusive. That has not only kept both major hypotheses – natural occurrence and a research-related release – alive, but has also undermined strident claims by some representatives of the two main camps.

    explains why both main hypotheses – natural occurrence and a research-related release – remain viable.

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