Omer Taspinar of the Brookings Institution says Turkish leaders firmly believe diplomacy is what’s needed now in dealing with Iran, not sanctions or military action. But Turkey has not gone soft, he says. Just the opposite. It’s putting its relationship with Iran at risk to forge a closer relationship with the United States.
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Should Europe Be Forced to Swap Out Credit Rating Agencies?
The enormous sway the three leading credit agencies — Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch Ratings — hold over the international economy has long inspired calls for tighter regulation. Now, in the midst of a debt crisis, the European Union is looking to take action to limit the independence of the agencies and require a rotational scheme where companies would be forced to change rating agencies regularly. But would this do more harm than good?
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Muslim Brotherhood Moves to Quash Military Rule
Egypt’s Islamist-dominated Parliament just voted to cut off $1 billion in U.S. aid to the Egyptian military and is about to give a no-confidence vote to the military-backed, interim government of Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri. This could be considered progress toward building democracy in Egypt, but could also lead to a sharp turn for the worse and a diminution in civil order, human rights, religious tolerance and stability in the Arab world.
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