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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.

South China Sea Dispute: The Philippines

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

Backgrounder: Mexico Election

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The Mexican establishment is bracing for Hurricane Obrador.

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: Trump-Kim Summit

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More likely to produce photo ops than a lasting breakthrough on North Korean denuclearization.

Backgrounder: Iran’s Chabahar Port

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Examining the geopolitical ramifications of Chabahar port, India’s first major foray into regional connectivity projects.

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.

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.

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

Fact Sheet: Kunming-Singapore High Speed Rail Network

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Linking ASEAN states together with a regional rail network is an old idea that has received new impetus with China’s One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR).

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