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from Ian Bremmer:

G-zero and the end of the 9/11 era top 2012 risks

By Ian Bremmer
January 5, 2012

In a video for Reuters, Ian Bremmer discusses the biggest risks facing the markets in 2012 and says the next phase in the Middle East and the post-9/11 environment pose the greatest uncertainty:

from FaithWorld:

Will the Arab Spring bring U.S.-style “culture wars” to the Middle East?

June 21, 2011

(From left: Olivier Roy, Cardinal Angelo Scola and Martino Diez of the Oasis Foundation at the conference on San Servolo island, Venice, June 20, 2011/Giorgia Dalle Ore/Oasis)

from Breakingviews:

G8 can help transform Middle East economies

May 25, 2011

By Una Galani
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from The Great Debate:

Why democracy will win

By Philip N. Howard
March 25, 2011

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Philip N. Howard, an associate professor at the University of Washington, is the author of "The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy:  Information Technology and Political Islam". The opinions expressed are his own.

Don’t blame politicians for pragmatic foreign ties

February 28, 2011

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By Laurence Copeland

There are times when even a cynic like me has to feel some sympathy for politicians. Take the case of Libya, for example. Over the forty years of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, relations between Britain (and our Western allies) and Libya have varied from lukewarm to cold and back to lukewarm again.

from FaithWorld:

Can Arabs learn from Turkish model of Islam and democracy?

February 3, 2011

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(Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, December 2, 2008/Umit Bektas)

Could the Middle Eastern unrest start to unsettle financial markets?

January 31, 2011

-”Kathleen Brooks is research director at forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.”-

What WikiLeaks reveals about the changing map of global power

By Guest Contributor
January 12, 2011

-Andrew Hammond is a Director at ReputationInc. The opinions expressed are his own-

from Global News Journal:

Perilous predictions for 2011

By Sean Maguire
December 16, 2010

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It’s the season to be merry - and to make forecasts about next year. Across the finance industry fine minds spend December crafting outlooks and extrapolations about how the world will fare, in the hope of a decent return over the next 12 months and avoiding the bear traps that will swallow an investment. The banks, strategic advisories and political risk consultants trumpet their analytical prowess, of course, but are also meeting a natural human need to peer into the future. We all want guidance to take the sting out of living in an uncertain world.

from The Great Debate:

America, Iran and a terrorist label

By Bernd Debusmann
November 19, 2010

Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Who says that the United States and Iran can't agree on anything? The Great Satan, as Iran's theocratic rulers call the United States, and the Islamic Republic see eye-to-eye on at least one thing, that the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) are terrorists.