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Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sanchez is a researcher who focuses on geopolitical, military, and cybersecurity issues. Follow him on Twitter: @W_Alex_Sanchez.

Russia-Kazakhstan Relations Defy Easy Explanations

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President Tokayev must navigate his new term knowing that a complete break in bilateral relations is neither desirable nor possible.

The DRC: Threats and Opportunities in a Complex Neighborhood

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A flurry of diplomatic activity is unfolding against the backdrop of troubling advances by M23 rebels in the DRC.

Can Kazakhstan Bring New Life to CICA?

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The CICA VI Summit aimed to bring the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia into the 21st century. Did it succeed?

Moldova: Foreign Successes, Domestic Challenges

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President Sandu’s pro-Europe foreign policy has made strides despite a challenging geopolitical environment, but political troubles are brewing on the home front.

GUAM 2.0: Can Free Trade Revive the Forgotten Regional Bloc?

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A new trade deal between Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova could give new life to the long-dormant regional grouping.

UNAMA and Kazakhstan: Filling the Void in Afghanistan

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The latest UN General Assembly shed some light on one of the few humanitarian organizations still operating in Afghanistan.

DRC Joins the East African Community

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The DRC’s ascension to the East African Community (EAC) is a win-win proposition, but only if intra-regional tensions are kept in check.

Azerbaijan’s Delicate Balancing Act amid the Ukraine War

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Baku has been quite successful in striking a neutral tone to its foreign relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine; but will it ultimately be forced to pick a side?

ICJ to Rule on Colombia-Nicaragua Maritime Dispute

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The International Court of Justice is not perfect, but it’s still favored by some Latin American governments as a dispute resolution mechanism. This article examines some recent cases involving Colombia and Nicaragua.

Food Security a Concern as Ukraine Crisis Shakes Kazakh Politics

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In a recent speech, Kazakh President Tokayev pledged to ensure food security and bring an end to the “super presidency.”

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