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Nelson Mandela lived one of the great lives of the twentieth century: he was an international icon who brought democratic rule and human rights to South Africa. But to thrive in the twenty-first century, the country needs not hope and activism but technocrats and engineers who can develop workable solutions to the messy realities of urban blight and rural poverty.
The recent nuclear agreement with Iran has spooked many of Washington’s most important allies in the Persian Gulf. The United States can and must allay their fears; any long-term resolution to the Iranian nuclear standoff will otherwise be difficult to sustain.
Is drone technology the problem, or is the policy of targeted killings the real issue? Although activists come down on both sides of the debate, it is impossible to separate one from the other.
Nearly 150 years after its completion, the Suez Canal continues to inspire awe. But given recent developments in politics, economics, and security, some see it as a mere relic. In fact, the waterway ensures Cairo's continued relevance to the United States and the region.
Nuclear weapons programs are hard to dismantle for bureaucratic reasons, not technical ones. If the United States hopes for its recent agreement with Iran to stick, it must win over the scientists and pencil pushers who keep Iran's nuclear program running.
Much of the coverage of China's recent announcement of a new Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea contends that Beijing made a hasty move that the region can now correct with a little help from Washington. Unfortunately for the Obama administration, however, a little help won't be enough. It will need to firmly and consistently stick by its allies for the long haul.
Russia and Japan suddenly find themselves linked by a shared predicament in the Asia-Pacific: both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China. Despite recent high-level meetings on foreign and defense policy, however, the relationship remains delicate and each partner is wary of taking new risks.
The interim nuclear agreement has pulled the Iranian regime back from the edge of disaster. But that doesn't mean its problems are over. Having raised the expectations of a restless young nation with a popular moderate president and celebrated nuclear bargain, Tehran must now deliver even more.
Xi Jinping recently decided to close China's re-education camps, a brutal remnant of Maoist Communism entirely at odds with the country’s contemporary capitalist sheen. But given the policy's origin in the earliest days of the Communist era, Xi's move is sure to face bitter resistance from within the establishment.
It is difficult to judge the nuclear agreement forged last weekend in Geneva as anything other than a good deal. The Iranians will be no closer to having a nuclear breakout capability, and both sides demonstrated a willingness to make concessions on the issues that the other side wanted them to.
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