Is Belarus ‘Socially-Distancing’ From Russia?

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Following an oil dispute at the start of the year, Belarus and Russia’s relations are at an all-time low, potentially further isolating Russia in Europe.

Washington Must End the Russian Roulette in Moldova

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We have been misled into ceding Moldova to Moscow. This will be Vladimir Putin’s greatest victory in decades—unless we act now.

US Raises the Flag, and Stakes, in South China Sea

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 13, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations in the South China Sea, May 13, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser/Released)200513-N-WP865-0237

Is Washington’s newfound assertiveness on the South China Sea dispute a matter of long-term statecraft, or short-term electioneering?

The “Decoupling” We Really Need

cc U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist Flickr, modified, The American and Chinese flags stand at center table shortly before Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter welcomes Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army Cai Yingting of China to a meeting at the Pentagon, August 23, 2012. (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett)

COVID-19 has demonstrated that the Chinese Communist Party, not trade with China, is the real threat to US interests and global stability.

New “Debt Trap” Concerns over China Lending to Africa

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Beijing’s critics will be watching for signs of it securing bigger stakes in Belt and Road projects in exchange for debt relief.

Geopolitics and Food Shortages: COVID-19 and a Vulnerable Global Trade System

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How is it that our advanced system of global trade and food production can still produce rampant hunger?

Afghanistan’s Three Trillion Dollar Question

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Investing in Afghanistan’s mineral wealth wouldn’t cure everything that ails the long-suffering country. But it would certainly be a good start.

Vietnam Repels another Enemy at the Border: COVID-19

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This time Hanoi’s preferred weapons were science-based policy and epidemic planning.

Inside the Attack that Shocked Mexico City

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Dissecting the likely culprit, motives, and fallout from a brazen daytime attack on Mexico City’s chief of police.

US Elections: Leadership without Direction vs. Direction without Leadership

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Here’s hoping that Joe Biden’s “return to normalcy” won’t drag US foreign policy back into antiquated strategic thinking that desperately needs an overhaul.

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