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E-Stonia and the Future of the Cyberstate E-Stonia and the Future of the Cyberstate
Virtual Governments Come Online
By Eric B. Schnurer

Last December, Estonia took the unprecedented step of offering any person in the world a chance to become an Estonian e-resident, a title that grants the holder access to many of the country’s top-notch online government services. Acquiring this status would allow, say, an Indian entrepreneur to establish an Estonian company that he runs from Dubai but which does the bulk of its business in Spain; he’d also be able to use his electronic signature to execute contracts with customers throughout the European Union—and pay no taxes by keeping his profits in Estonia. No wonder that 13,000 people have signed up to beta-test the program in its first nine weeks of operation, and 500 people have already received their e-residency...

 
 
Saudi Arabia and Iran's Uneasy Friendship Saudi Arabia and Iran's Uneasy Friendship
The Middle East's New Balance of Power
By Yoel Guzansky and Sigurd Neubauer

This might be the year that changes everything in the Middle East. The reason: a possible thaw in Saudi Arabian–Iranian relations. Several factors led to this moment. First is the election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran in August 2013. Since elected, Rouhani has initiated a charm offensive aimed at reducing tensions between Tehran and several of its Arab Gulf neighbors. Iran's foreign minister even arrived in the kingdom for a rare visit to the regional rival, bringing condolences after the death of King...

 
 
The New Global Context: A Davos Reader

At Foreign Affairs, we have been carefully tracking the emergence and debating the significance of this “new global context,” as the World Economic Forum puts it, in real time. We compiled this ebook collection as background reading for the Forum’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland—and now you can read it too. Get your copy now.

 
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