Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 30, 2016

Farzin Nadimi, RCW: Iran's Aggressive Naval Intercepts Serve Foreign and Domestic Purposes

The IRGC will likely continue using such incidents as a way to signal its domestic rivals, justify its large budget, and meet other goals, so Washington should remain vigilant and consider seeking an official channel for emergency communications.

The strategic Strait of Hormuz has once again been the scene of close encounters between U.S. Navy vessels and speedboats from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN), leaving observers to guess at the motivations behind the Iranian moves. The multiple incidents that occurred this week raised the risk of miscalculation in a sovereignly cramped part of the world.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 30, 2016

Turkey risks becoming bogged down in Syria: analysts -- AFP

Welcome to demokrasi: how Erdo─čan got more popular than ever -- Christopher de Bellaigue, The Guardian

Iran's Launch of Shia Army Threatens to Escalate Sectarian Tensions -- Mehdi Jedinia & Noor Zahid, VOA

There Is No Thirty Years' War in the Middle East -- Lorenzo Kamel, National Interest

Qatar spends big to counter charges of lax stance on terror -- Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

Who Could Replace Uzbekistan’s Ailing President? -- Bruce Pannier, RFE

Kashmir: A story of defiance amid grief -- Elizabeth Puranam, Al Jazeera

Central Asia Is Less Stable Than It Looks -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Don’t be fooled. There will be damaging fallout from Brexit -- Will Hutton, The Guardian

Reforming Ukraine after the revolutions -- Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker

Dilma Rousseff: A Strong Woman Brought Down by Brazil’s Meek Men -- Claire Rigby, Daily Beast

Russia, China, and Cyber Espionage -- Luke Penn-Hall, Cipher Brief

There It Is: A True War Story -- Peter Munson, War on the Rocks

Apple's massive EU tax bill could irk the US -- DW

Why Ireland Doesn’t Want Apple’s $14 Billion In Unpaid Taxes -- Tom Sykes, Daily Beast

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