Rene Zou

Backgrounder: Russian Sanctions

PutinCAllin, cc Kremlin.ru, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/17976

The past, present, and future of US-EU sanctions and their impact on the Russian economy.

Backgrounder: ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith/Released)

This backgrounder recounts the latest progress by ASEAN on the South China Sea dispute, and explores why consensus has been so elusive for the regional grouping.

Judicial Reform Hits a Wall in Poland

PolandProtests, cc Flickr staboslaw, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Protesters in Poland have won a victory in President Duda’s surprise veto, but the fight is far from over.

Climate Change in the Middle East

An empty beach in Tunisia; Tunisia's tourism industry has been hit hard by a series of domestic attacks by ISIS.

Rising global temperatures will bring major economic and political changes to the Middle East

Cholera Epidemic Adds to Human Toll in Yemen Civil War

YemenS, cc Julien Harneis, Flickr, Modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

A widening cholera epidemic is just the latest disaster to befall the long-suffering people of Yemen.

France’s Total Inks a Major Oil Deal with Iran

TotalOil, cc Laurent Vincenti, modified, Wikicommons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laurent_Vincenti_Total.jpg

Total’s $5 billion deal to develop Iran’s South Pars field will make it even harder for the Trump administration to reopen the file on the Iran nuclear deal.

South Korea: Here Comes the ‘Moonshine’ Policy

Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (Jeon Han), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

New South Korea President Moon Jae-in is seeking to resurrect the Sunshine Policy of the 2000s. But is it fit for purpose in the current geopolitical context?

Backgrounder: Qatar Crisis

DohaSkyline, cc Flickr quiquefepe, modified, public domain

The Saudi and Egypt-led blockade of Qatar has been a long time coming.

A Bad Bet: Theresa May Limps into Brexit Negotiations

Brexit, cc Flickr Avaaz, modified, public domain

Theresa May still gets to negotiate Brexit, but it won’t be the one she wanted.

How Long Will OPEC and Russia ‘Play Nice’?

OPEC Flag, public domain

The OPEC-Russia deal seems to be having its intended effect, but how long will it last?

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