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People in Riyadh watch a projection depicting a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an event on Sept. 23 commemorating the anniversary of the kingdom's founding. (/AFP/Getty Images)

The Saudis Go for Broke Against Iran

Riyadh and its allies are aiming to use their financial leverage to remake the Arab world — but their strategy could just as easily backfire.

Cars from German manufacturer Volkswagen are pictured in the port of Bremerhaven, nothern Germany, on July 24, 2017.
Daimler, BMW, and VW with its Audi and Porsche subsidiaries were all involved in the talks to agree on technology, suppliers, markets, strategies and polluting emissions, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

German Car Companies Are Driving the Country Off a Cliff

"Made in Germany" used to mean reliability. Now it means collusion.

Members of a police SWAT team lineup outside the main Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during security drill rehearsals on July 23, 2008 in Beijing. The 2008 Olympics' security chief has said that Beijing can stage a fun Olympics as well as a safe one, in response to charges that a massive security clampdown was squeezing the joy out of the Games. More than 110,000 troops and police were engaged in security and were joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers and that millions of Beijing residents had also been roped into the operation. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hostage Taking Is China’s Small-Claims Court

Everyone in China — including the police — treats kidnapping as just the price of doing business.

The Google self-driving car maneuvers through the streets of in Washington, DC May 14, 2012. The system on a modified Toyota Prius combines information gathered from Google Street View with artificial intelligence software that combines input from video cameras inside the car, a LIDAR sensor on top of the vehicle, radar sensors on the front of the vehicle and a position sensor attached to one of the rear wheels that helps locate the car's position on the map. As of 2010, Google has tested several vehicles equipped with the system, driving 1,609 kilometres (1,000 mi) without any human intervention, in addition to 225,308 kilometres (140,000 mi) with occasional human intervention. Google expects that the increased accuracy of its automated driving system could help reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths, while using energy and space on roadways more efficiently.  AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

Bad Code Is Already a Problem. Soon, Companies Will Be Liable.

Where life and death are at issue, responsibility and liability cannot be far behind.

Technicians sit in a control room at the State Grid vehicle battery recharging and exchange station in Beijing on May 30, 2012.  According to government sources, China is to set aside around two billion yuan (320 million USD) as part of drive to cut carbon emissions and produce energy-saving vehicles.        AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

How Badly Is China’s Great Firewall Hurting the Country’s Economy?

Beijing's paranoia is about to kill the country's booming live-streaming sector — and it won't be the only victim.

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 14:  A partially-finished passenger plane of the A320 series stands in an assembly hall at the Airbus factory on July 14, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Both Boeing and Airbus saw their 2nd quarter deliveries of completed aircraft fall by 8% and 7% respectively compared to one year ago.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes

The more Iran’s economy is bolstered by large-scale Western business deals, the harder it will be for the United States to deploy sanctions effectively.

Lee Jae-Yong (C), the vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, is escorted by prison guards as he arrives at the Seoul Central District Court for his trial in Seoul on April 13, 2017. 
Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong attended second trial appearance over involvement in a corruption scandal that led to the ouster of former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Knives Are Out for South Korea’s Robber Barons

Business clans have dominated the country's economy for decades — but their time may finally be up.

TOPSHOT - US President-elect Donald Trump boards the elevator after escorting Martin Luther King III to the lobby after meetings at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017.  / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Tower Peace Theory

Why Donald Trump's real estate holdings abroad are so dangerous for Americans at home.

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‘Turkey Is Open for Business,’ Says Turkey After Flawed Referendum

Turkey’s message to the American business community: Don’t let values get in the way of creating value.

On this episode of The E.R., the Panel joins forces with Lawfare to have a conversation with Bob Bauer and A.B. Culvahouse.

Nice Doing Business With You, Moscow

That Trump campaign members may have colluded with Kremlin officials is a huge problem. But that the U.S. president may still have substantial interests in Russia is an even bigger issue.

Indian supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate outside the party office as state assembly votes are counted in Lucknow on March 11, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party claimed election victory in four Indian states, calling it a "historic mandate" that would take the country's politics in a new direction. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA        (Photo credit should read SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Optimism Is a Welcome Antidote to Western Pessimism

Americans suffering a crisis of confidence about the future of their country's democratic institutions under President Donald Trump could use a dose of Indian-style optimism.

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Trump Hotel in Baku Partnered With ‘Notoriously Corrupt’ Oligarch Family With Ties to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

The latest conflict of interest headache for the president is a sketchy and failed hotel in Azerbaijan that’s got lawmakers worried.

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Welcome to President Trump’s (Un)Ethical World

The 45th president of the United States has just been sworn in. Can the mountain of potential ethical violations that he is under investigation for bring him down?

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World Economic Forum To Staff: Welcome To Davos. Here’s Your CHU.

Davos organizers eye putting up staff in temporary housing containers during talks on rising income inequality and social inclusion.

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