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Taiwan Turns Further Away from the Mainland

Taiwan Turns Further Away from the Mainland

Taiwanese recently celebrated a decision by a constitutional court granting same-sex marriage. On the more socially conservative mainland, the ruling drew criticism.

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Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Sherkoh Abbas, head of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, warns of the dangers posed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey and argues in favor of Kurds as better allies for Americans.

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China’s Infrastructure Bank Makes Inroads in Asia

China’s Infrastructure Bank Makes Inroads in Asia

With Beijing holding the majority of AIIB’s voting rights, the bank is seen by analysts as a deliberate effort to pull Asian countries closer into China’s orbit.

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Brexit and the Irish Border

Brexit and the Irish Border

Brexit was fought and decided on immigration. Yet while the argument about migrants was debated, the issue of the Irish border was largely ignored.

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Radical Ideas Muslims Celebrate In Ramadan

Radical Ideas Muslims Celebrate In Ramadan

Ramadan is a time of selfless devotion and a month of above-ordinary worship when Muslims reflect deeply on all matters of moral significance.

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Saudis Counterterrorism Efforts Ahead of Trump Visit

Saudis Counterterrorism Efforts Ahead of Trump Visit

As President Trump heads out on his Abrahamic foreign policy tour, Saudi Arabia is emphasizing its anti-terrorism credentials.

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The Lessons of Dead Empires

The Lessons of Dead Empires

The collapse of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires are lessons on how underestimating national identities can lead to unintended political change.

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Emmanuel Macron and the Refugee Question

Emmanuel Macron and the Refugee Question

Macron emphasized the need to address the humanitarian aspects of the crisis, praising Merkel’s open door refugee policy for rescuing “our collective dignity.”

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Trump Courts Duterte, Duterte Courts Xi

Trump Courts Duterte, Duterte Courts Xi

Earlier this month Duterte visited three Chinese warships on Mindanao island in the Philippines—the first Chinese navy port call to the country since 2010.

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Iran’s Election Offers Voters Only a Rubber Stamp

Iran’s Election Offers Voters Only a Rubber Stamp

The Iranian president holds little real authority since the supreme leader remains the final authority on all matters of state.

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Trump’s Dilemma in the Korean Peninsula

Trump’s Dilemma in the Korean Peninsula

North Korea is close to the final stage of acquiring ICBM capabilities and miniaturization technologies required to target the continental U.S.

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Hanoi Protests China’s Fishing Ban

Hanoi Protests China’s Fishing Ban

Hanoi officially expressed its displeasure over Beijing’s annual fishing ban in the South China Sea at a regular press conference last week.

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China Rages as Hong Kong Democracy Figures Speak to U.S. Commission

China Rages as Hong Kong Democracy Figures Speak to U.S. Commission

On May 3, prominent Hong Kong democracy figures gave testimony at a hearing with the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) in Washington.

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The EU at 60: Between Globalism and Nationalism

The EU at 60: Between Globalism and Nationalism

In their quest for power, populist parties prescribe protectionism and the reestablishment of national sovereignty as panacea to all of the EU’s ills.

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With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

By expanding its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea and growing the PLA’s global clout, China is reinforcing its influence in the Asia-Pacific.

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