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  1. Daily Review: Governments Respond to AI Concerns

    Note: WPR's Daily Review email is sent out every weekday by noon U.S. Eastern time. This is a sample of the Daily Review from Tuesday, Oct. 31. If you like what you see, sign up here to get the Daily Review in your inbox Monday-Friday. It's free. Today at WPR, we’re covering China
  2. The Nagorno-Karabakh Wars Are Over, but Their Fallout Will Be Lasting

    By Laurence Broers In a lightning strike on Sept. 19, Azerbaijan finally extinguished more than 30 years of de facto self-governance by ethnic Armenians in the embattled enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Framing its military assault as a “counterterror operation,” the Azerbaijani army
  3. Don’t Count the EU Out When It Comes to Geopolitics

    By Alexander Clarkson More often than not, when faced with an unexpected crisis, European Union leaders instinctively opt to bicker with each other, often hampering the union’s ability to respond to a fast-moving situation. Whether the eurozone crisis in 2012, the COVID-19 pandemi
  4. Israel Has a Better Option for Evacuating Civilians From Gaza

    By Charli Carpenter Ever since Israel ordered the evacuation of northern Gaza ahead of a widely anticipated ground offensive there, Palestinian civilians have been fleeing in panic to the south. But with both Israel and Egypt having closed their borders with Gaza, civilians remain
  5. Southeast Asia Has Become a Hotbed of Transnational Repression

    By Joshua Kurlantzick Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of being behind the killing of Hardeep Singh Najar, a controversial Canada-based Sikh separatist leader, in a suburb of Vancouver in June. India has denied the accusation, which
  6. The Israel-Hamas War Did Not Happen in a Vacuum

    Photo: A plume of smoke rises in the sky during an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City, Gaza, Oct. 9, 2023 (photo by Majdi Fathi for NurPhoto via AP Images). Ever since Hamas launched its brutal attack against Israel two weeks ago, a debate has been raging among analysts and observers
  7. Republican Opposition to Ukraine Aid Is Really Nativism in Disguise

    By Paul Poast Two weeks ago, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, was ousted as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time in history that a speaker was deposed by his or her own party in the middle of the congressional term. The cause of McCarthy’s downfal
  8. The ‘Rwandan Model’ Is No Solution for the Sahel’s Security Crisis

    By Samuel Ratner and Alex Thurston Photo: Rwandan armed forces prepare to board a flight to Mozambique, at the airport in Kigali, Rwanda, July 10, 2021 (AP photo by Muhizi Olivier). Even in the best of circumstances, the central Sahelian countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger ar
  9. Modi and India Are Standing With Israel

    By Frida Ghitis Just a few hours after the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas launched its attacks against Israeli civilians on Oct. 7, Indian Prime Minister posted a message on X—formerly known as Twitter— declaring himself “[d]eeply shocked by the news of terrorist attacks
  10. The Nuclear Security Debate Has a Major Blindspot

    By Charli Carpenter Even before the blockbuster success of this summer’s “Oppenheimer” biopic, the nuclear era was back in the public imagination. To begin with, a massive, years-long global civil society campaign highlighting the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons culminated
  11. China’s Slowing Growth Won’t Be All Bad News for the Global Economy

    By Michael Pettis According to data from the World Bank , in the five years before 2022, China’s economy grew by 7 percent annually in U.S. dollar terms, accounting for an extraordinary 29 percent of global growth. Now, with China’s economy slowing rapidly, many analysts around the
  12. A Taliban-Led Afghanistan Isn’t the Neighbor Iran Bargained For

    By Borzou Daragahi For the two decades following the attacks of 9/11, Iran blamed much of Afghanistan’s miseries on the military intervention there by the United States and its allies, which Tehran characterized as a war of imperial conquest. But two years after the U.S. withdrawa
  13. Biden Should Use the Military to Help ‘Sell’ a Climate Emergency

    By Charli Carpenter The terrifying and heartbreaking reports from Maui, where wildfires raging through residential neighborhoods killed over 80 people last week, underscores a summer of worldwide climate disasters that are only increasing in intensity. Against this background, U.S
  14. Algeria’s Renewed Push for Global Engagement Centers on China

    By Francisco Serrano In mid-July, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune made a five-day state visit to China, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other key officials. The delegation of businessmen that accompanied him underscored Tebboune’s desire to boost Algeria
  15. Protecting the Amazon Is Good Policy, but Difficult Politics

    By James Bosworth Reducing deforestation in the Amazon is good policy, but as last week’s summit of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization demonstrated, it can make for difficult politics. Convened by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Saliva, the meeting in Belem, Brazil
  16. Ready or Not, ECOWAS Is the Sahel’s Last Best Hope

    By Alexander Clarkson In the past two weeks, the coup in Niger has snowballed into a confrontation pitting civilian-led states against military juntas in West Africa, leaving jihadist insurgents that have seized large swathes of territory in Mali and Burkina Faso poised to take ad
  17. The State of Democracy in Southeast Asia Is Bad and Getting Worse

    By Joshua Kurlantzick Just when it seemed that the state of democracy in Southeast Asia, already in dire shape, could not get worse, it did. In the past month alone, increasingly autocratic Cambodia staged a sham election in which the main opposition party was banned and the rulin
  18. How to Be an Effective Policy Wonk Against All Odds

    By Richard Gowan Twenty years ago this month, while on vacation in Montenegro, I got a job offer. At the time, I was doing volunteer human rights work in Croatia. The Foreign Policy Centre , a think tank in London, asked if I would like to join them as a researcher. It was the sor
  19. For BRICS, Bigger Might Not Be Better

    By James Bosworth Generally speaking, when an international organization finds itself debating its plans for membership expansion rather than more substantive agenda items, it is a sign of a group that lacks a clear mission and direction. That is certainly true in the case of the
  20. It’s Time for the U.S. to End the War on Terror

    By Aude Darnal When news of the military coup in Niger broke last week, it might have surprised many U.S. observers to learn that the political developments in the capital city, Niamey, jeopardized a sizable U.S. military presence in the country. The U.S. has two drone bases in Ni

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