Indonesia’s “Fragile” Religious Peace Is Stronger than it Appears

Indonesia’s religious peace has resisted Saudi influence to remain stronger and more tolerant than many in the West fear.

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Dealing with Nigeria’s Jihadist Threat

About 10 days ago I sat at breakfast in Lomé, the capital of Togo, a sliver of a country in West Africa, watching French TV news of the capture, and what turned out to be false reports of the liberation, of seven French tourists in northern Cameroon by the Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram. It was hard not to feel concerned about the future of this part of the world.

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Transvestite Muslim Sex Workers: The Last, Best Hope of Mankind?

The West continues to look for a country that proves Islam and democracy can coexist peacefully, the alternative – a billion people, many of them in big and strategically important countries, with whom we can never share any common values – being too grim to contemplate. The Arab Spring provided new hope, but the signs from Tunisia, Libya, and above all, Egypt, are not too encouraging.

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Like a Ton of BRICS: Let’s Drop the Catchy Emerging Markets Acronymns

Eurasia Group founder and emerging markets guru Ian Bremmer has come around to the view that the BRICS construct is nothing more than a bunch of countries “united by a catchy acronym” and little else.

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New Frontiers: The Rush to Invest in Frontier Markets

If any event could illustrate the fragility of the BRICS conceit, it is the recent blackout in India, which left as many as 600 million people without power for up to two days. More than anything else, it reveals the sorry state of India’s governance.

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