beyond the headlines.

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China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea will result in the US trying to craft a regional response.

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While the lifting of sanctions may signal a broader shift in U.S.-Iranian relations, the historically fraught relationship faces many challenges.

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Islam has become the central ideological battle ground in the new Middle Eastern Cold War

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Turkey’s desire for a no fly zone over northern Syria has been frustrated by Russian intervention.

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As Western leaders soften their stance over Bashar al Assad’s future, the groundwork for a political solution may be in the offing.