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South China Sea Dispute: Taiwan

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In the fifth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of the Taiwan claim.

The EU Defense Industry: In the Shadow of Brexit

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All of these best-laid plans from Brussels to bolster continental military capacity and foster a globally competitive European industrial base are imperiled by the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU.

The EU Defense Industry: Consolidation toward an ‘EU Army’?

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Brussels is opting for a gradual, voluntary, and incentivized approach to developing the continental defense industry.

The EU Defense Industry: Background

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So long as the EU defense industry is not the sum of its national parts, it will struggle to compete with giants like Russia and the United States.

Arms Trade: A Global Buyers’ Market

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The US, Russia, and China may be the world’s largest arms exporters, but other states are now coming around on the economic perks of a military industrial complex.

South China Sea Dispute: China

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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.

China’s Empire of Debt

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Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Backgrounder: Ukraine Politics

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A backgrounder on the internal politics of Ukraine, a country caught in an East-West geopolitical crossfire.

Backgrounder: Brazil Elections 2018

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With a divided presidential field, anything can happen in Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections – and that’s what has investors worried.

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2

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Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

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