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The Baltic Republics: Burden or Blessing for NATO?

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Revisiting the strategic rationale behind NATO’s expansion into the Baltic Republics.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

Privatization: A Panacea for the South Africa Economy?

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Privatization is often cited as a cure-all for South Africa’s lumbering state-owned sector. But any progress will be slow given the entrenched interests involved.

The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

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New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

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Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

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.

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

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NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

Cuba’s Intelligence Masterstroke in Venezuela

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The many accomplishments of Cuban intelligence in Venezuela stand as an instructive example of how a smaller agency can punch far above its weight.

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Should Be Expelled from NATO

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, modified, 170819-N-QR145-042 BLACK SEA (Aug. 19, 2017) Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78)look out to Turkish replenishment oiler TCG YB. Kudret (A 595) while making an approach to conduct a replenishment-at-sea in the Black Sea Aug. 19, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey/ Released)

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system is just the latest of many transgressions against the Atlantic Alliance. It’s time for Ankara to go.

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