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US-China Trade War: Shots Fired at ZTE as Washington Tries Reciprocity

Wilbur, cc Flickr U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

President Trump reaches for China’s own playbook on trade, with disastrous results for ZTE.

Uranium in Niger: When a Blessing Becomes a Curse

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Niger has the world’s fourth-largest uranium reserves, and not much to show for it.

Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

cc Flickr Christopher Michel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

Brazil Election: A Watershed Moment for Latin America’s Right

LulaBW, cc Flickr Mídia NINJA, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Brazil’s election upcoming general election is wide open, and its result could be make-or-break for the continent’s right-wing resurgence.

Global Forecast (04-17-2018)

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Ambivalence in the United States on new Russia sanctions, a Jupiter rises to defend democracy in Europe, and the IMF predicts solid global growth for 2018.

Water Conflict: Iran’s Farmers Take on the Establishment

Iranfarmer, cc Flickr Beshef, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Water shortages are fueling protests in Iran, drawing a forceful response from the authorities.

Yemen Civil War: Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Oil Tanker

Yemenwar, cc Flickr Felton Davis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia won’t do much damage, but they will propel the bloody Yemen civil war into news headlines the world over.

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

TPP Back on the Table for the United States

Leaders of the original TPP states in 2010, cc Flickr Gobierno de Chile, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It was always going to be a matter of time, but few predicted the about face would come this quickly.

Trump to Sink Further into the Syria Quagmire?

President Trump at 2017 CPAC, Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Weeks after reportedly telling his generals to draw up plans for a withdrawal from Syria, the US president finds himself being pulled back in.

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