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Chinese Implacable Defiance in the South China Sea

Chinese Implacable Defiance in the South China Sea

Tensions between China and the U.S. in the South China Sea dominated the issues at the now-concluded Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

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Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

The South China Sea played a prominent role at the Shangri-La Dialogue. However, ambiguity on several issues might prolong these very same tensions.

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Japan Charts More Independent Course to Improve Russian Relations

Japan Charts More Independent Course to Improve Russian Relations

Japan realizes, irrespective of U.S. wishes, that it needs better relations with Russia in order to more effectively balance China within the region.

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U.S. Must Still Compete with Russia for Vietnam’s Affections

U.S. Must Still Compete with Russia for Vietnam’s Affections

The U.S. decision to lift its arms embargo against Vietnam must factor in Russian rivalry and regional economic considerations.

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Russian Resurgence Exacerbates NATO Schisms

Russian Resurgence Exacerbates NATO Schisms

Russian resurgence has planted seeds of conflict both within individual NATO members, as well as between different geographic areas of the alliance.

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About the Author

Robert Shines
Robert Shines

Robert Shines is an Expert | Geopolitical Intelligence with RANE, an information and advisory services company that connects business leaders to critical risk insights and expertise. As a Senior Consultant with Bright Group Consulting, he provides confidential geopolitical forecasting services regarding various aspects of U.S.-China foreign policy. He is also a Senior Analyst and Editor with Global Risk Insights, a publication providing analysis on political risk & geopolitics. Additionally, he is a Writer for Geopoliticalmonitor Intelligence Corporation, an international intelligence publication which provides comprehensive geopolitical analysis. Having previously consulted in Ukraine, his area of focus is U.S.-Russia relations. He received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on U.S.-China relations.

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