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Tillerson Fired as Trump Veers “America First”

cc Flickr Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Trump has installed a kindred spirit at the top of the State Department. The move can be expected to reverberate throughout US foreign policy, notably in the administration’s approach to Iran.

Russia’s Political Theater Masks the Bigger Question: What Comes Next?

Putinpainting, cc Flickr Nikolay Volnov, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Though the result of the upcoming Russian election is effectively predetermined, the question of Vladimir Putin’s future remains an open one.

Italy: Still Part of the PIGS Club?

EUItalyFlag, CC Flickr Ed Uthman, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Has austerity and EU intervention forestalled the possibility of a Greece-like repeat in Italy, or merely delayed it?

FLASH: BIS Warns on China, Canada, and Hong Kong Economies

Yuan2, cc Flickr David Dennis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Bank of International Settlements has warned of unsustainable debt growth in China, Canada, and Hong Kong.

New Ethnic Clashes Erupt in DR Congo

Ituri, CC Monusco Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Renewed violence between the Hema and Lendu tribes is drawing disturbing parallels to one of the bloodiest wars in Africa’s history.

Fifth Times a Charm? Denuclearization Diplomacy Returns to the Korean Peninsula

NKGames, cc Flickr Michael Day, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A spirit of détente has descended on the Korean Peninsula, but will it be any different from past experience?

President Trump Tries on a Trade War

TrumpCPAC, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In fulfilling one of his central campaign promises, US President Trump has set the stage for a wide-ranging trade war.

Emperor Xi Ascends to the Throne in China

XI2013, cc Flickr Apec 2013, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified

For better or worse, the elimination of presidential term limits will be looked back on as a turning point in modern Chinese history.

Ethiopia: A Geopolitical Time Bomb in the Making

cc Jonathan Alpeyrie, modified, wikicommons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Column_of_ONLF_rebels.jpg

Ethiopia’s climate-sensitive economy, growing population, and inter-ethnic conflict make it a geopolitical time bomb primed to explode.

Adani Scandal Threatens Australia’s Carmichael Coal Mine

A protest against the Carmichael mine in Australia, cc Flickr Takver, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Adani’s renewed scandal and financing challenges are calling the future of one of the world’s largest new coal mines into question.

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