Policymakers Ignore Religion at Their Own Peril

WASHINGTON—There is awareness at some level in most Western capitals that religion matters in foreign policy. Violence linked to religion, most spectacularly the 9/11 attacks, has seemingly vindicated the warnings of Samuel Huntington and others about a coming clash of civilizations.

Putin's Calculated Charm Offensive

As Russia’s economy reels from sanctions following its annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine, Moscow is doing its best to undermine European Union solidarity against Russian aggression.

A Strong Currency Helps a Strong Economy

This essay follows on the author’s earlier piece “Managing the Exchange Rate: A Losing Proposition.”

The U.S. dollar has appreciated substantially over the last past years against most currencies. According to the statistics of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the real effective exchange rate of the dollar indicates an appreciation of almost 20 percent between January 2012 and March 2015.

China’s Back to Jerusalem Movement

By Christina Lin

Recently there has been much writing on how Christianity in the Middle East is facing extinction as the scourge of ISIS advances in the region. Titles like “Christianity faces extinction in Middle East,” “Christians Presence in Middle East Threatened with Extinction,” “Is this the end for Mideast Christians?” and others abound in a seemingly hopeless situation.

Religious Freedom vs. Gay Rights in Indiana

The U.S. state of Indiana seldom makes world news. But in recent weeks it drew unwanted attention, including an international campaign to shame, boycott, and sanction the socially conservative “Hoosier state.”

The Islamic State's Existential Threat to Christians in the Middle East

Which of the atrocities of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) should one start with? Perhaps with the first sanctuary that was desecrated in Mosul, as the army of hatred invaded. In the summer of 2014, IS fighters destroyed the tomb of the prophet Jonah, revered by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike.

Turkey's future: Erdoğan, elections and the Kurds

Turkey's election campaign began to the sound of fireworks. The first flash came in late January when the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced that it would run candidates under the party banner instead of as independents. The move is bold because Kurds typically field independents to circumvent the high 10% national electoral threshold.

Managing the Exchange Rate: A Losing Proposition

It was a heroic battle that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) fought against the financial markets. It lasted 1,227 days. But in the end, in January 2015, an exhausted SNB finally capitulated and gave up its desperate fight for a weak Swiss franc (CHF). The lesson to be learned: don’t try to manage currency rates.

Without the US, Europe is fighting a losing battle

By Thomas Straubhaar

Henry Kissinger, Francis Fukuyama, Amitav Acharya: In addition to the former U.S. Secretary of State many other clever geo-strategists currently think about a new “world order” – as the title of Kissinger’s latest book reads.