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Global Forecast (07-17-2018)

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Belt and Road’s Kenya railway starts off in the red, Trump and Putin leave a lasting impression in Helsinki, and Japan and the EU buck the protectionist trend with a free trade deal.

Backgrounder: Pakistan Election

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Millions of Pakistanis will head to the polls on July 25 to elect a new government, braving a wave of election-related violence across the country.

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2

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Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

Trump Fires Another Volley in US-China Trade War

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With all avenues to an easy de-escalation now blocked, President Trump’s latest round of tariffs suggests that the US-China trade war is here to stay.

US-North Korea Talks Hit the Skids on Denuclearization Details

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Two divergent views of ‘denuclearization’ were on display in failed US-DPRK talks over the weekend.

South China Sea Dispute: The Philippines

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In the fourth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of the Philippine claim.

Water Conflict: Protests over Water, Pollution Flare in Iran

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A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.

OPEC Stabilizes Oil Markets, for Now

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In Vienna, OPEC+ displayed its greatest strength… and its greatest weakness.

Amid Strikes and Protests, Iran Braces for a New Wave of Sanctions

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Tehran tries to put one fire out while preparing for an inferno.

Backgrounder: Mexico Election

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The Mexican establishment is bracing for Hurricane Obrador.

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