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Kurdish Independence Referendum Draws Criticism and Threats, Saudi Arabia’s “Authoritarian Upgrading” Strategy, and the Gulf’s New Outreach to Israel

Iraq braces for the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum, Saudi Arabia's economic reform project reaches a critical juncture, and the Gulf states seem to be changing their posture toward Israel.

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The Court of Justice of the EU Delivers Judgments on Hamas and Tamil Tigers Sanctions

​The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued judgments in two appeals concerning EU counterterrorism sanctions against Hamas and the LTTE (Tamil Tigers). The judgments offer a relatively permissive interpretation of the EU Council’s procedural obligations in extending existing counterterrorism designations compared to that of the EU General Court.

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