Geopolitical Monitor

Backgrounder: A Brief History of China’s United Front

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Xi Jinping has dusted off an old ‘magic weapon’ to wage political warfare at home and abroad. Here’s a brief history of the global influencing operation that surprisingly few have heard of.

Venezuela Migrant Exodus Taking a Toll on the Region

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Assessing the regional impacts of the ongoing migrant exodus from Venezuela.

Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev Steps Down, But Not Out

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News of Nazarbayev’s departure may be premature. Despite letting go of the presidency, the long-time ruler will be in a position to control Kazakh politics for many years to come.

Brexit Drama Comes Down to the Wire

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With the March 29 deadline looming, Prime Minister May is desperate for a short-term extension to take her twice-defeated deal back to Parliament.

Global Forecast (03-19-2019)


Trump meets his tropical doppelganger in Bolsonaro, a sea change unfolds in Slovak politics, and one of Central Asia’s longest-running leaders suddenly steps down.

Germany’s Export Dip: Harbinger of an EU Recession?

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The latest economic data out of Germany does not bode well for growth on the Continent. Are we headed for a new European downturn?

Algeria Protests Putting ‘Pouvoir’ on Notice?

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The Arab Spring may be making a late arrival in Algeria, with possible consequences for regional geopolitics and global energy markets.

Kashmir Conflict (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss the recent flare-up in India and Pakistan's decades-long conflict over Kashmir. Is there a real threat of more military clashes, or was this just political theater for domestic consumption in both countries?

US-China Trade Deal (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss whether the rumored terms of the US-China trade deal are a win for the Trump administration.

Rift at the Top of Saudi Leadership

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There is new evidence of a rift between the king and his heir.

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