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  • The nature of talking in Turkey

    World jitters over Turkey’s economy are based on its leader not listening to deliberative bodies, such as the central bank, that can sift the best in wise advice, even from dissenters. 

  • A yearning for wholeness in local news

    As more newspapers lay off journalists, more people – especially those in the ‘new localism’ – look to revive local news as a way to define the character of their community.

  • The qualities of mediating a US-Iran settlement

    As it has done before, the tiny sultanate of Oman may act as a neutral party for Iran and the US to negotiate a stand-down. It brings special mediating skills rooted in a commandment found in the three Abrahamic faiths.

  • Paving Mexico’s road to reconciliation

    In preparing to take office Dec. 1, the president-elect is on a listening tour, soliciting and offering ideas on ways to stem rising violence. The boldest idea would balance mercy and justice for criminals, with a special focus on victims and truth-telling.

  • New contours in international cooperation

    Nationalism may be on the rise and hindering global consensus, but a pact among the five coastal states on the Caspian Sea represents a shift toward neighborly agreements.

  • Syria needs to be a blueprint for peacemaking

    Ending modern conflicts has become more difficult and perhaps the war in Syria – the most difficult of all – is an opportunity for new approaches in diplomacy.


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A staff member puts contact gel on the cap of a competitor during a Brain-Computer Interface controlled robot contest at the World Robot Conference in Beijing on Aug. 17.

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  • Trump’s offer to talk to Iran

    After his summits with North Korea and Russia, President Trump now says he could meet with Iran’s president. Like Obama, he may seek wide benefits for peace in not using summits as a bargaining chip.

  • Trump enlarges his vision on trade

    In talks with Mexico and Europe, the president shifts his tone to one of expanding trade for all sides, not just the US.

  • In Pakistan, a ‘yes, we Khan’ moment

    Despite a tainted election, Imran Khan will become a prime minister who not only opposed corruption but promised its opposite: honest and accountable governance.

  • Religious responses to religious persecution

    When Nicaragua’s regime cracked down on church leaders, Latin American Catholics responded with prayer. With more assaults on religious liberty worldwide, the faithful need to react in ways that affirm their beliefs.

  • Pakistan’s election: a victory for women

    In many villages, women voted for the first time as the July 25 election came with new rules and a rigorous registration campaign of female voters. Pakistan may have seen a big shift toward democratic equality.

  • Prepping US workers for new skills

    A White House initiative provides an excellent way to ensure Americans can fit into a workplace driven by rapid technological change.

  • What’s gained when White Helmet rescuers are rescued

    Israel, Jordan, and many other countries joined to save a group of famous volunteer aid workers in the Syrian war, proving the reach of humanitarian law in protecting the innocent.

  • Wanted: mediator to end America’s longest war

    Afghanistan has lately seen many countries seeking a role in starting a peace process. With the US now open to talks with the Taliban, such negotiations will need a third party well versed in the skills of conflict resolution.

  • Facebook’s search for local virtues

    Accused of allowing its platforms to spread rumors that led to violence, the social media giant now struggles to find local community standards with which to ban danger-inciting words and images. The solution may lie in balancing universal rights with ‘ordinary virtues.’

  • South Africa revives a Mandela legacy

    A new president may again put human rights as the country’s focus, symbolized by a move to not withdraw from the International Criminal Court.