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Haftar Offensive Grinds to a Halt in Tripoli Outskirts

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General Haftar’s forces are stalled in the southern suburbs of Tripoli, and despite impressive early gains for the LNA on the battlefield, the long game favors the UN-recognized GNA in Tripoli owing to economic factors.

New Elections Loom as Austria Government Implodes

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A scandal involving the far-right has caused the Kurz government to implode. But reports of the FPO’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Backgrounder: EU Arm Sales to Asia

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With security planning and arms sales continuing to fall outside the purview of EU policy, various member states have been cashing in on the Asian arms race.

The Center Holds in South Africa Elections

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South Africa’s recent general election has bucked the international trend toward populism by consolidating its democracy at the political center.

Huawei’s ‘Teachable Moment’ on Public Diplomacy

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The Chinese telecom’s public diplomacy blitz in the United States has room for improvement.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

Ebola Cases Spiking in DRC

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Now officially the second-largest in history, the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to be spiraling out of control.

Battle of Tripoli

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Zac and Nick discuss General Haftar's offensive on Tripoli and what it means for Libya's protracted civil war.

Pushing the Growth Button on Europe’s Slowing Economy

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A European ‘Belt and Road’ might be what the EU needs to lift the continent out of its economic doldrums.

US-Iran Tensions

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Zac and Nick discuss mounting tensions between the United States and Iran - what's causing them, and whether or not they could lead to a new US war in the Middle East. Recorded on May 14, 2019.

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