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Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?

Moscow's mixed messages on the future of the Syrian president is fuelling speculation that it might be preparing to desert its long-term ally.
The Arak heavy-water reactor has been at the center of concerns about potential Iranian nuclear proliferation. Stringer/Reuters

The alarming consequences of scuttling the Iran nuclear deal

Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran have good reasons to be skeptical, but blocking the deal would make the United States and its allies less secure.
A billboard in Tehran. David Holt

From Greece to Iran: the importance of credibility

Lord Palmerston, Britain’s 19th-century prime minister, was reputedly the first person to have coined the phrase that Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests. Many…

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