Blindsided by technology

The drop in oil prices is not a transient event; it’s a revolution.

A lone, naked US veto

The erosion of support for Israel has been slower in the United States, but it is happening even there.

What elections in Bolivia and Brazil tell us

While their left-leaning governments have lifted many out of poverty, don’t hail the arrival of a new and better economic growth model just yet.

Ebola's exponential climb

Developed countries see the limited help they are sending to West Africa as charity rather than a vital self-interest. But they may be wrong.

Terrorism 101: Don’t over-react

Terrorist groups always want governments to go overboard. The trick is to keep them from getting what they want.

Afghanistan's two-headed potential monster

Afghanistan’s government and nascent democratic system might actually survive and prove to be fit for purpose.

Hong Kong's future is Xi's choice

Surrendering to protests could expose Communist Party infighting, but excessive force could leave him open to criticism from abroad.

The trick is avoiding the planning blight

It was not that everybody knew Quebec’s independence would be an economic disaster, just that nobody could be certain it wouldn’t be.

Coalition of the choosy

The new moderate Syrian rebel army will be trained in Saudi Arabia, the principal supporter and paymaster of Syrian jihadi groups until ISIS scared it into hedging its bets.

The world has two new 'Islamic States'

And you thought the only problem was in Iraq and Syria. Libya and Nigeria have troubles of their own.


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October 22, 2014