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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.

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.

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).

Fact Sheet: China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor

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An overview of the China-Mongolia-Russia corridor, one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

Backgrounder: Hezbollah

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Examining Hezbollah, the paramilitary group at the heart of the Saudi-Iran contest for the Middle East.

Fact Sheet: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

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An overview of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

NYC Attack Evokes Forgotten ‘Islamic State’ of Central Asia

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The possibility that Sayfullo Saipov was radicalized in Uzbekistan should surprise no one.

The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Tajikistan

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This series takes a country-by-country look at the geopolitical competition between China and Russia in Central Asia.

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