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Former British PM Brown Urges Creation of Education Finance Facility

Former British PM Brown Urges Creation of Education Finance Facility

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged the creation of an international facility that would raise billions of dollars for children’s education in poor and conflict-stricken countries.

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Britain to Import School Textbooks from Chinese Communist Party Publisher

Britain to Import School Textbooks from Chinese Communist Party Publisher

Britain will import Chinese math textbooks and Chinese teaching methods for schools throughout the country. The decision was lauded in Shanghai as a “delightful” soft-power boost for China.

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Trump’s Foreign Policy Helps Putin’s Reelection Plan

Trump’s Foreign Policy Helps Putin’s Reelection Plan

When the Kremlin decided to meddle in the U.S. election in favor of Trump, it nurtured the hope of a reset in bilateral ties with the West.

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Manila Asserts Claims Over South China Sea Island

Manila Asserts Claims Over South China Sea Island

After bowing to Beijing’s request to retract his decision to plant a flag on Thitu Island over Philippine Independence Day, the President Rodrigo Duterte has likely angered the Chinese again.

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The Fed, Trade, and Dollar Purchasing Power

The Fed, Trade, and Dollar Purchasing Power

From 2003 to 2017, the Effective Federal Funds Rate (EFFR) dropped by 36% while gold rose 169%, and dollar purchasing power reflects this low-rate environment.

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Paul Manafort Advising Chinese Billionaire on U.S. Infrastructure Projects

Paul Manafort Advising Chinese Billionaire on U.S. Infrastructure Projects

Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, under investigation for his Russian ties and money laundering, will advise Chinese billionaire Yan Jiehe on gaining access to lucrative infrastructure projects in the U.S.

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Isolationism and its Consequences for Conflict Prevention

Isolationism and its Consequences for Conflict Prevention

Could Trump’s “America First” isolationism, professed during his electoral campaign, decrease the U.S.’ role in the world, and ultimately its security?

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Why a ‘No’ Win at Referendum is the Best Option for Erdogan

Why a ‘No’ Win at Referendum is the Best Option for Erdogan

Few analysts have looked at the effects on Erdogan’s future – and that of the Turkish state – if the final votes tip the polls towards the ‘No’ option.

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Trump’s Pivot from Isolationism to Interventionism?

Trump’s Pivot from Isolationism to Interventionism?

Trump’s interventionism while staying the course on his approach to immigrants and refugees reveals the fundamental incoherence of his worldview.

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Duterte Backs Off Hawkish Rhetoric Over Spratly Islands

Duterte Backs Off Hawkish Rhetoric Over Spratly Islands

The unpredictable Duterte, has again changed course in the South China Sea, cancelling his plans to plant a flag on Thitu Island over Philippine Independence Day.

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North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

Lack of political will is largely motivating the inaction in the Korean peninsula. But with nuclear weapons threatening US mainland, it may be that Washington will decide on a policy of “now or never”.

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North Korea Is Only One Tree In The Forest Of U.S.-China Relations

North Korea Is Only One Tree In The Forest Of U.S.-China Relations

Stressing only the expediency of resolving the DPRK issue, the U.S. risks not seeing the forest for the trees in the overall scheme of U.S-China relations.

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Venezuela Thrown into Turmoil Anew: Last Straw for Regime?

Venezuela Thrown into Turmoil Anew: Last Straw for Regime?

Venezuela witnessed an upheaval in the national legislature and the ban of the leading opposition figure from running for office, resulting in massive protests and violent clashes with police.

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Vietnam Seeks to Calm Waters One Year After Environmental Disaster

Vietnam Seeks to Calm Waters One Year After Environmental Disaster

Hanoi has acknowledged its citizens’ newfound environmental activism, hoping to avoid any widespread social unrest. But it is also taking punitive measures to quell protests.

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South Korea’s Political Impasse could Redefine the Balance in the Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s Political Impasse could Redefine the Balance in the Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s new president will largely determine the future of the US-ROK alliance, relations with China, and the security approach in the Korean peninsula.

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