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AssessmentsMay 6, 2021 | 20:07 GMT
A child runs past people sitting near the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on Feb. 8, 2021.
An Aging Population Looms Large Over Turkey's Economy
Despite attempts by the government to incentivize having larger families, Turkey’s fertility rate will likely continue to decline -- weighing down its economy with older and more expensive workers, higher health care costs, and weaker buying power for younger citizens. Over the past two decades, Turkey has seen a consistent decline in the number of live births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 49, also known as the fertility rate. The percentage of Turkey’s population between 0-17 years old dropped to its lowest point on record in 2020, with a decline of -5.5% in the child growth rate. This drop was likely partially due to parents delaying having children during the COVID-19 pandemic. But last year’s deeper decline only fed into Turkey’s greater slide in national fertility, which began around the year 2000. As its population ages, Turkey could have a majority non-working population before the end
SITUATION REPORTMay 5, 2021 | 18:20 GMT
U.S., China: Biden Official Says Clearer Taiwan Strategy Would Carry 'Significant' Risks
U.S. President Joe Biden’s policy coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, Kurt Campbell, seemed to dismiss calls to clarify the White House’s Taiwan strategy during a recent discussion hosted by the Financial Times, saying any clear U.S. statement that commits to defending the island in the event of a Chinese attack would be risky and carry “significant downsides,” Reuters reported May 4. 
SnapshotsApr 30, 2021 | 21:09 GMT
U.S. diplomat Brett McGurk accepts an award recognizing his service in senior national security positions under several White House administrations on April 2, 2019.
How the U.S. Will Ease Its Arab Allies’ Fears of Iran Talks
As it ramps up outreach to Iran, the United States will reassure its traditional Arab Gulf allies that their national security concerns are still being considered via continued diplomatic efforts and military cooperation. Over the next week, a team of U.S. Pentagon and State Department officials is to visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt. The delegation will be headed by the Biden administration’s Middle East coordinator, Brett McGurk, with the objective of de-escalating tensions in the region and addressing concerns about U.S. President Joe Biden’s push to re-join the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 
AssessmentsApr 28, 2021 | 15:21 GMT
A fighter with forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government holds a position against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the northeastern province of Marib on April 6, 2021.
Can Saudi Arabia and Iran Ease Tensions?
Bilateral talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran will not end their rivalry but could de-escalate conflict in areas where both have influence, including Yemen. News of rare talks between two of the Middle East’s biggest adversaries comes as both Riyadh and Tehran are trying to assess where they stand with U.S. President Joe Biden’s new administration. The Iraqi government’s eagerness to position Baghdad as an independent regional power instead of a weak site of proxy struggles is likely also contributing to the media attention surrounding the talks.
SnapshotsApr 23, 2021 | 20:29 GMT
World leaders are seen on a screen as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a virtual climate summit on April 22, 2021.
The Obstacles to Biden’s Climate Push
Policy disputes at home and competition with China will hinder the United States’ ability to assert itself as the world leader in the fight against climate change. On April 22-23, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden hosted a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the first day of meetings and presentations, several countries unveiled ambitious climate targets, including a new U.S. pledge to reduce carbon emissions by up to 52% from 2005 levels by 2030. The second day focused more on how to implement those changes, beginning with a speech made by U.S. billionaire Bill Gates in which he called on the private sector to turn their words into action by investing in climate-focused innovation. 
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