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Trump Puts US-China Trade War on Pause

U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno met with commanders of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing, China, February 21, 2014. Gen. Odierno, spoke with different Chinese commanders to strengthen and promote military to military relations between the United States and China. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)

China may have won this battle, but the trade war will rage on.

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Bellicose Rhetoric & Brutal Sanctions Not the Way to Help Venezuela

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Did President Trump’s hard line against Venezuela inadvertently help re-elect Maduro?

South China Sea Dispute: Vietnam

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In the second article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military viability of Vietnam’s claim.

Call Them by Their Name—Fleeing Venezuelans are Refugees, not Migrants

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It’s time to invoke the Cartagena Declaration and provide Venezuelans stranded abroad with the legal protections and funding they need.

Japan’s Rare Earth Mineral Discovery Could be a Geopolitical Game Changer

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Japan’s massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.

America’s Chinese Headache in the Horn of Africa

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US economic and political influence is waning in the Horn of Africa, and that’s bad news for civil society there.

Muqtada al-Sadr Closes in on Surprise Win in Iraq Elections

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The avowed foe of both the United States and Iran has seized on popular grievances to win last week’s election, but forming a government won’t be easy.

Interview: Maxime Fiset from the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence

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We sit down with Vanessa Reggio of the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) to discuss new poles of radicalization and what can be done to curb their spread.

EU to Go It Alone on Iran Nuclear Deal

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With their economic interests imperiled and domestic public opinion squarely behind them, EU leaders are looking into ways to save the Iran nuclear deal. However, good policy options will be few and far between, particularly for EU companies with high exposure to the US market.

Cambodia-Laos Border Dispute: Geopolitical Flashpoint or Playing Politics?

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The Cambodia-Laos border dispute has a peculiar a way of only flaring up ahead of election season.

China vs. the EU: The Influence War that only One Side Is Fighting

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China’s covert influencing activities are potentially far more consequential to the EU than those of Russia. So why is no one talking about them?

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