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as well as developments in Yemen, Nigeria, and Central Asia.
Plus, articles on European politics, Europe’s energy market, and Singapore.

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March 25, 2015  

Global Trade and Investment

European Rush to Join China's AIIB Threatens Trans-Atlantic Alliance,” Daniel Twining – Nikkei Asian Review, March 20, 2015

Why International Trade and Investment Are Good for the US Economy: A Story in Eight Charts,” Cathleen Cimino – Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 20, 2015

Is President Obama too Late on Trade,” Phil Levy – Foreign Policy, March 19, 2015

No EU-US Trade Deal by 2015, Says TTIP Expert,” Joseph Quinlan – Euractiv, 2015

TPP is the Last Negotiation of the Old World and TTIP is the First of the New World of Trade,” Pascal Lamy and Jan Tumlir – Lecture at ECIPE, March 19, 2015

Putting the TPP on the Right Track,” Simon Johnson and Rep. Sander Levin – Politico, March 17, 2015

Controversy over Iran

Don't Sugarcoat the Costs of War with Iran,” Hans Binnendijk – The Washington Post, March 19, 2015

Obama’s Iran Agenda,” Stephen F. Hayes – The Weekly Standard, March 30, 2015

Iran Could Be a Credible Ally,” Ameer Ali – Real Clear World, March 19, 2015

Contrasting Strategic Cultures Drive U.S.-Israel Split on Iran,” Steven Metz – World Politics Review, March 20, 2015


Yemen’s Lesson for the Future of Terror,” Max Boot – Commentary, March 22, 2015

Yemen on the Edge,” Elias Groll – Foreign Policy, March 20, 2015

Boko Haram as a Global Threat

The Virtual Significance of Boko Haram's Pledge to ISIS,” Terje Ostebo – Real Clear World, March 19, 2015

Boko Haram is Now a Global Threat,” - Madeleine Goerg and Sophie Dembinski – Real Clear World, March 19, 2015


Nigeria’s Breaking Point,” Gavin Serkin and Chris Kay – BloombergView, March 20, 2015

Power Play in Central Asia

China, Russia and the Tussle for Influence in Kazakhstan,” Arthur Guschin – The Diplomat, March 23, 2015

Political Wrangling in Europe

The British Left is Out of Ideas,” Max Harris – New Statesman, March 23, 2015

France Local Elections: Conservatives Hold Off National Front,” BBC, March 23, 2015

Brussels Could be the Only Winner on May 7,” Norman Tebbit – The Telegraph, March 23, 2015

Hollande, Valls, Macron and Article 49-3: France Tries Harder to Reform,” Ronald Tiersky – The Huffington Post, March 18, 2015

Europe’s Energy Market

The Slow Erosion of Gazprom's Grip Over Europe,” Judy Dempsey – Carnegie Europe, March 23, 2015

Five Charts Showing the EU's Surprising Progress on Renewable Energy,” Simon Evans – The Carbon Brief, March 11, 2015

Spotlight on Singapore

Long Live Lee Kuan Yew’s Lion City,” Parag Khanna – Foreign Policy, March 22, 2015

Singapore After Lee Kuan Yew: Future is Uncertain for the Utilitarian Paradise He Created,” Joel Kotkin – Forbes, March 22, 2015

Creating Singapore: The life of Lee Kuan Yew,” Devjyot Ghoshal – Quartz, March 23, 2015

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