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.

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Interview: Bret Schafer on Putin’s Internet Propaganda Push

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Geopoliticalmonitor.com sits down with the Alliance for Securing Democracy's Bret Schafer for an in-depth look into Russia's ongoing disinformation campaign against the West.

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

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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?

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

Ramaphosa Gets to Work on South Africa’s ANC

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Here’s what to expect from President Cyril Ramaphosa as he tries to rescue the ANC’s electoral prospects for 2019.

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

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

New Ethnic Clashes Erupt in DR Congo

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

China: Friend, Foe, or Something in Between

China's first aircraft carrier - the Liaoning. CC Flickr Simon Yang, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It’s time for US policy planners to deal with the China that exists, and not the imaginary one they have long hoped for.

Global Forecast (03-08-2018)


A slog expected in Italian coalition talks, more details of President Trump’s tariffs come to light, and the Japanese economy didn’t have such a bad fourth quarter after all.

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

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

Italian Voters Turn on the Establishment

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The Italian general election swept away the establishment without indicating what exactly should replace it.

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