Le Pen’s Late Surge Could Be Another French Revolution

For months, the result of the French presidential election looked almost like a done deal, with President Emmanuel Macron widely expected to win a second term, but he is now grappling with a late surge by his main rival, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Read More Here

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Erdogan’s War With Arab Monarchies Is Over

With inflation at a 20-year high, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned to foreign policy to help pull his economy out of a tailspin. He is reaching out to ideological foes in the Middle East in the hopes that their investments can revive a plummeting lira, reduce unemployment, and ensure his return to power […]

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Looking Back At 2021… And Looking Ahead

2021 was definitely better than the horrible year tha preceded it, but only that much as societies and economies recovered from Covid-triggered lockdowns and battled to get some sense of the way the world would move after the once-in-a-century pandemic changed the way we lived, worked and thought. At lookingbeyondborders.com we tried to share with […]

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Iran’s Chosen One

It was never in doubt… really. Hard-line Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi was elected president of Iran, trouncing a field handpicked by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In fact Raisi, who will replace the more moderate Hassan Rouhani, is a top contender to become Iran’s next supreme leader. Read More Here

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Is Green Day Coming To Germany?

For several months, Annalena Baerbock has been the It Girl of German politics. Baerbock, who is the Green Party candidate for chancellor, has been widely touted as a successor to Angela Merkel. Her party has stood roughly at parity with the conservative Christian Democratic Party at about twenty-nine percent in the polls. Read More Here

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Limited Choice, No Favourite At Iran’s Election

A consensus is forming that the election will be gerrymandered by the powers that be. In reality, they are applying Western norms of democracy, although the 1979 Iranian revolution created a unique political system devolving upon the unassailable supremacy of the concept of velayit-e-faqih (guardianship of the jurists in power), but renewable through free elections on the […]

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The Making Of Brand Modi

For now, Brand Modi seems to have escaped into the political stratosphere, untouched by the conventional laws of political competition. It remains near the peak of its appeal, undiminished by a series of recent crises, each of which might have felled lesser leaders.  Read Here | The Diplomat

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