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Trump-Kim Summit Put on Ice

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To the surprise of no one, the June 12 Trump-Kim summit has been cancelled. But this won’t be the end of Trump’s diplomatic gambit.

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Geopolitics and Conflict Potential in Central Asia and South Caucasus

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How has Central Asia avoided the protracted territorial disputes of Ukraine and the South Caucasus? In a word: geography.

Past Not Precedent in DRC Ebola Outbreak

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Democratic Republic of Congo poses unique challenges to local and international health authorities that they didn’t face in the 2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak.

Kashmir’s Geopolitical Significance is Growing by the Day

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New connectivity projects like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the International North-South Transportation Corridor are making Kashmir more geopolitically important than ever before.

Trump Puts US-China Trade War on Pause

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

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.

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