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The Rise of Schulz: Merkel’s Götterdämmerung?

The Rise of Schulz: Merkel’s Götterdämmerung?

Schulz’ relative obscurity has allowed him to position himself as a fresh-faced outsider free from the entanglements of the Berlin establishment.

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Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Neither a Putin-Assad hegemony nor an inclusive transitional government of a united Syria are solutions after Aleppo. Partition is the solution.

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Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

What is the nature of Tehran’s aggressions and what are possible non-military policy options for containing the threat posed by the Iranian regime?

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Despite Hurdles, Russia’s Eurasian Dream Lives On

Despite Hurdles, Russia’s Eurasian Dream Lives On

Economic dependence and shared cultures and borders make it nearly impossible for the former Soviet republics to break ties with the Kremlin without shooting themselves in the foot.

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Rex Tillerson On China

Rex Tillerson On China

“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

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Has the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Outlived Its Usefulness?

Has the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Outlived Its Usefulness?

A public radio debate raises questions about the nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and whether it is time for a change.

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Ethical Cobalt Extraction & Trump’s Possible Rules Repeal

Ethical Cobalt Extraction & Trump’s Possible Rules Repeal

Over 60% of the global cobalt supply comes from the DRC where a legacy of civil war, the persistence of basic forms of mining, and a weak state make ethical and transparent sourcing hugely challenging.

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What does the National Intelligence Council think of Russia?

What does the National Intelligence Council think of Russia?

Considering the prospects for Eurasia, it concludes that “Russia’s aggressive foreign policy will be a source of considerable volatility in the next five years.”

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Takeaways from the Trump-Netanyahu Meeting

Takeaways from the Trump-Netanyahu Meeting

Netanyahu and Trump met yesterday. Here are the takeaways from the main issues that were covered following their short press conference.

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Hanoi Halts Protest Over Disputed Islands

Hanoi Halts Protest Over Disputed Islands

Vietnam and China pledged to settle disputes and to work toward a code of conduct for maritime operations after Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Beijing.

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Sean Spicer on the South China Sea

Sean Spicer on the South China Sea

Comments from White House spokesman Sean Spicer on the South China Sea seem to have riled the Chinese and confused others who follow developments in the region.

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Post-impeachment Consensus Calls for a New Political System in South Korea

Post-impeachment Consensus Calls for a New Political System in South Korea

In the aftermath of the Candlelight Revolution, the Korean people’s demands for constitutionally restructuring the post-1987 presidency have heightened.

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On the South China Sea, Tillerson Suggests Going All In on a Losing Hand

On the South China Sea, Tillerson Suggests Going All In on a Losing Hand

What makes Tillerson’s bellicosity even more absurd is that the U.S. position in the South China Sea has never been weaker.

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Gambia Offers Hope for African Democracy

Gambia Offers Hope for African Democracy

Gambians ousted Yahya Jammeh after 23 years of authoritarian rule. Many are hoping this is a signal that the days of other long-ruling African dictators could be numbered.

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The ‘Shia Crescent’ and Middle East Geopolitics

The ‘Shia Crescent’ and Middle East Geopolitics

Saudi Arabia and Iran project influence using their interpretations of Islam and the politicization of sectarian identities as instruments of foreign policy.

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