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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

How to lose friends and allies

If Kolomoisky is not renounced and investigated, the world will turn its back on Ukraine. But the Russians and oligarchs won’t.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Corruption Political Reform

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Libya: Locked or moving forward?

One of the unfortunate consequences of Libya’s crisis is that the main players with decision-making power in Libya’s conflict are the regional and international powers involved in the crisis.

MENASource by Karim Mezran

Libya Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

The logic of Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia

While previously mere threats against the safety of shipping were enough to send tremors through oil markets and spook past US presidents, Iranian leaders have seemed powerless to respond to the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign.

New Atlanticist by Henry Rome and Robert Johnston

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

North Korea is trying to find a way to keep the lights on

Since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the North Korean regime had to devise a way to meet its ever-growing energy demand without benefaction. But when all the options present their own set of flaws, the best answer seems still to be elusive.

EnergySource by Halley Posner

East Asia Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Trump’s Iran policy is widening the battlefield

The attack on the Aramco facility illustrated the latest salvo in a dangerous new normal that has come about in the Middle East: a constant widening and deepening of the conflict between an Iranian-led axis and the United States and its allies.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

The promise and peril of Ukraine’s borders

Many Ukrainians work abroad, and Ukraine’s western regions feel the labor shortage most acutely.

UkraineAlert by Ruslan Minich

Economy & Business Migration

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

What holds Ukraine back

It’s time for prison terms and the assertion of the rule of law. It also is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand, that the corrupt oligarchical practices in the economy, in politics, and in greater Ukrainian society will no longer be tolerated.

UkraineAlert by Yuri Polakiwsky

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

More haste, less speed?

The focus needs to be broadened to include the entire range of oligarchs and not simply keep the spotlight on Kolomoisky.

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

What the Abqaiq attack should teach us about critical infrastructure

The precision of the aerial attack on Abqaiq, whether it originated in Iran or outside it, shows both a willingness to target strategic critical infrastructure and a capability for extreme precision.

MENASource by Thomas S. Warrick

Crisis Management Geopolitics & Energy Security

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A geopolitical European Commission: Can the incoming president make it work?

The selection process and presentation have been received relatively well and signal a new Commission leadership adept at messaging and politics. But questions remain whether Ursula von der Leyen can make the complex Commission work

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel and Jörn Fleck

European Union Politics & Diplomacy