Trade. North Korea. Iran. The dangers awaiting Trump.

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U.S. allies are uncertain about Trump's future trade policies. Here an employee in a Tokyo foreign-exchange company watches TV news about the new U.S. president-elect, November 9, 2016.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Barack Obama met with Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Thursday following his spectacular election upset on November 8. While the president-elect promptly promised to “put America’s interests first, but deal fairly with everyone”, many U.S. allies are nervous about what his win will mean for U.S. policy. That means he now has to… Read more »

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Saudi Arabia and Iran are playing a winner-take-all game

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Saudi Arabia’s execution on Jan. 2 of an outspoken Shi’ite cleric who called for the overthrow of the Saudi royal family triggered international condemnation and set off protests throughout the Middle East. Demonstrators stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran and set the building on fire. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ratcheted up the rhetoric,… Read more »

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What will the Iran nuclear deal really accomplish?

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With all the hubbub of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran and the US, let us also reflect on the sheer horror of August 6, 1945 during World War II. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of America dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was a direct order from US president Harry… Read more »

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Does the tail wag the dog?

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After years of antagonism on the nuclear issue between Iran on the one hand and the West (five Permanent Members of the Security Council (P5) + Germany)

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