PNG Naval Base: The Quad Leans into China’s Belt and Road in the Indo-Pacific


The United States and Australia will cooperate to develop a strategic deep-water naval base on PNG, signaling a renewed desire to counter China’s charm offensive in Australia’s backyard.

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US-Saudi Relations: Business as Usual as Khashoggi Anger Fades

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The strategy of patience, denials, and scapegoats appears to be working for now. But Crown Prince Mohammed Bin-Salman may still face difficulties down the road.

ECB Nears End Date for QE

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As economic storm clouds gather on the horizon, will the ECB get cold feet about ending its unprecedented quantitative easing program?

North Korea: Denuclearization in Reverse

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The latest ‘hi-tech weapon test’ underscores just how hollow the denuclearization process has been.

US Debt: Bomb or Overblown?

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Ignored by headlines and political debate, the US debt load continues to expand at a staggering rate.

FLASH: Brexit Updates (11/15/2018)

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The situation looks grimmer by the hour for the May government.

Brexit Deal Finalized as Political Battle Looms in the UK

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The May government and EU negotiators have agreed to a final text for the Brexit agreement after years of negotiations… now comes the hard part.

Goldman Sachs Entangled in the 1MDB Dragnet

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1MDB investigators have set their sights on one of the largest banks in the United States.

Ebola in DRC: A Lingering Threat


Over 200 people have now died in an Ebola outbreak centered on the DRC province of North Kivu.

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran

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While it’s true that Iran presides over well-documented human rights abuses, these abuses are often exaggerated to the point of creating a tyrannical mythos that’s completely detached from reality.

South China Sea Dispute: China


In this first article of a new series on claimants in the South China Sea dispute, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and island-building underpinning China’s claim.

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