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August 31, 2015
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MIDDLE EAST


The Tahrir Forum
The New Middle East, Iran Nuclear Deal and the Arabs
Nabil Fahmy

Nabil Fahmy says Arabs have to deal with the regional situation, including the Iranian deal, seriously and objectively. Simply making statements will not deter threats or safeguard interests. Egypt's former foreign minister calls for independent and concrete Arab proposals.

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The Tahrir Forum
War & Peace Over Lunch II
Rami G. Khouri

Saudi Arabia and Iran could lead a bold diplomatic process to shape a Gulf-centric, Middle Eastern regional security architecture that is modeled on the Helsinki Process of a generation ago between the American- and Soviet-led camps.

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Africa


Essay
Sustaining Our Farmers
Kanayo F. Nwanze

Rising global population means the world must produce more food. Empowering smallholders is the key to fighting hunger and feeding a growing world.

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The Tahrir Forum
Is Joint Militarism Really the Answer?
Rami G. Khouri

This is the moment to ponder whether excessive reliance on militarism as a response to political and ideological disagreements is in fact the appropriate solution, or actually one of the causes of the problems we face.

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Essay
The Marvel of Bánh Mì
Andrew Lam

In the colonial era the Vietnamese appropriated French baguette and added local ingredients to concoct a sandwich that is now a hit with the patrons of restaurants and food trucks from Singapore to San Francisco.

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Essay
After the Fall of Saigon
Ngo Vinh Long

The Vietnam War lasted twenty years and cost the lives of more than two million Vietnamese and 58,000 U.S. troops. In the forty years since the Communist victory and American defeat, a surprising friendship has followed.

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Americas


Essay
The Obesity Crisis
Richard Dobbs, James Manyika

If trends persist, nearly half of the world's adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030. A comprehensive intervention strategy is required to fight a scourge as damaging to the global economy as war.

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Book review
Drill, Baby, Drill?
Neil Bhatiya

A case for shaking the oil habit.

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Europe


Q&A
The Artist of French Cooking
Cairo Review

Alain Passard is considered the best French chef in the world. He muses on his kitchen adventures, the splendor of vegetables, and the impact of globalization on cuisine à la française.

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Essay
On the State of Nature
Graham Harman

Hobbes saw life as nasty and brutish, while Rousseau argued humans lack inherent differences in power and strength. A better framework for understanding division in modern politics: Truth Politics versus Power Politics.

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