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Background: Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Killed in Iraq

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Will historians look back on the assassination of Qassem Soleimani as the catalyst for a new war in the Middle East?

Iran’s Regional Grand Project Wobbles

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Iran’s region-wide geopolitical project is now imperiled on multiple fronts, including at home.

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

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For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

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Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

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.

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.

Backgrounder: The U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign toward Iran

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Maximum pressure is working – just not in the way that US officials had hoped it would.

EU Parliament and the Impact of Civil Society on Trade Negotiations

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Do internal constraints like the EP and an activist civil society help or hinder the EU Commission in its trade negotiations?

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?

Alienation and Insurgency in Baluchistan

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What is behind the ongoing unrest in Pakistan’s Baluchistan region?

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