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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, left, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat (Photo: AP)

Bilateral Relations, Geopolitical Dominance: Russia’s Aspirations in Africa

“Russia wants to support Africa to take it away from the US and EU influence and use it as the pivot of Russia’s future development as a global, economic, and strategic power.” Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the interests of the Russian Federation in the African continent

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Science, “Soul,” and the Management of Terrorism

Understood as the proper subject of academic investigation, in Israel and elsewhere, terrorism studies focus correctly on scientific and systematic inquires. Nonetheless, taking a page from Sigmund Freud, there should be a place reserved here as well for certain considerations of “soul.” Opinion

A polling station during Lebanon's parliamentary elections on May 6, 2018 (Photo: AP)

Cedars Politics: The Current Electoral System in Lebanon

“The political system in Lebanon is reaffirming and maintaining the destabilization of the country indefinitely.” Following the recent elections in Lebanon, Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the internal and external sphere of power relations in the Lebanese political system

President Donald Trump with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Photo: AP)

Essential Calculations of Rationality and Irrationality in US Nuclear Deterrence

Nuclear deterrence is a "game" that Donald Trump must learn to play, but only if he can first understand core elements of rationality and irrationality. These considerations will require a serious presidential commitment to solving complex analytic problems. Pertinent US decisions could have major security implications for Israel. Opinion

Iranian parliament after Trump nixes nuclear deal (Photo: AP)

The Impact of New US Sanctions on Iran’s Geo-economic Future

“The issues relating to the new sanctions on the Iranian Shi’ite Republic will never be fully ‘operational’ as they were in 2012.” Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the economic and strategic aftermath of Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions against Tehran. Opinion

President Donald Trump with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (Archive photo: AP)

 

Trump’s Tariffs and Duties and the Transformation of World Economy

“We need to consider trade policy together with strategy: if US protectionism increases, the growth of peripheral economies will decrease.” Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses the economic repercussions of President Trump’s current and future moves in his pursuit to “make America great again”

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Now That Assad Has Won, What Lies Ahead for Syria?

"Reconstruction is the most important future lever for external influence on the long-suffering Syrian Arab Republic, where conflict has been going on for seven years." Prof. Giancarlo Elia Valori discusses Syria's future after Bashar al-Assad emerged victorious in the Syrian war. Opinion

US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House (Photo: AP)

Prospects for Israel's Descent into Regional Chaos and War: The Trump Effect

Despite widely-held presumptions in Israel that US President Donald Trump is a security asset for the Jewish State, nothing could be further from the truth. Under no circumstances could Israel benefit from an American administration that is so plainly lacking in analytic, historical and intellectual vision. Opinion
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