This week's BRICS summit, a potential Grexit, higher ed in the Middle East, and more.
July 10, 2015
"No" supporters celebrate referendum results on a street in central in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015. Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" on Sunday in a historic bailout referendum, partial results showed, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro.

The eurozone's strategy toward Greece

Thomas Wright and David Gordon

Syriza’s resounding victory in Sunday’s referendum has four key implications for the eurozone's strategy toward Greece and the resolution of the Greek debt crisis.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria on June 28, 2015.

Five core issues at stake in an Iran nuclear deal

Suzanne Maloney

The negotiations on Iran's nuclear program are now in the equivalent of triple-overtime, and the July 10 deadline has only intensified arguments over an agreement. With the process in a final, crucial phase, contention over the Iran nuclear deal converges around five broad themes.



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Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa gathered in Russia this week. Bruce Jones examines this week’s BRICS summit, which comes at a time of slumping economies and rising tensions with Russia.


Grexit would be a dramatic blow to the European project. Carlo Bastasin writes that Europe must grasp the institutional opportunity offered by the Greek "No" vote before the temptation of nationalism extends to other countries.

Why Russia encourages Greek defiance of the EU. Pavel Baev says Russia is pushing Greece’s defiance of the EU not because of a historic affinity with Greece, but because Russia has its own issues with Europe.

What Turkey’s open-door policy means for Syrian refugees. Elizabeth Ferris and Kemal Kirişci write that assisting the refugees now requires more than providing life-saving aid. Efforts must be made for their integration into Turkish society.


Should the United States put boots on the ground to fight ISIS? Michael O'Hanlon, Jeremy Shapiro, Michael Doran, and Senator Chris Murphy weigh in on the debate.

Disrupting the military-industrial complex. Jason Tama argues that in order to sustain long-term global technological advantage, the future military-industrial complex must leverage the full strength and depth of the rapidly evolving U.S. technology sector, particularly in places like Silicon Valley.


Higher education is an unrecognized casualty of conflicts in the Middle East. Sultan Barakat and Sansom Milton argue for a regional approach to defending and advancing higher education as a key tool to combat violent extremism, address economic challenges, and encourage social stability.

Saudi Arabia's status as the biggest oil exporter in the world could be threatened as a result of domestic oil consumption. Yukari Hino writes that continued unconstrained increases in internal consumption could conceivably change Saudi Arabia’s status to a net oil importer in the future, dramatically impacting global energy markets and oil importing countries.


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