Opinion

The Inevitable Rise of Euroscepticism in the Wake of COVID-19

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While COVID-19 may not be an existential crisis for the EU, it does tick virtually all the boxes when it comes to hardening Eurosceptic attitudes throughout the bloc.

What Can Biden Do about the Uyghur Genocide?

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An early test for US-China relations under the Biden administration: whether or not systemic oppression in Xinjiang constitutes a ‘genocide.’

Indonesia’s Fight against the EU Palm Oil Ban

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Are the EU’s motives truly environmental, or is this a matter of anti-competitive behavior?

French Retrenchment Sends the Sahel into a Spiral

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The Sahel was a standout in volatility in 2020, and the security outlook is set to worsen amid signs of a French pullout.

Don’t Let Mongolia Slide into Authoritarianism

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If the Biden administration wants to help forestall authoritarian drift around the world, Mongolia would be a good place to start.

Fujimori’s Legacy: The Origins of Peru’s Ongoing Political Crisis

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Constitutional reform is essential if Peru is to escape this endless cycle of political instability.

Freedom and Fair Justice for Moldova’s Imprisoned Anti-Corruption Prosecutor

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The political persecution of Moldova’s Anti-Corruption Prosecutor stands as President Sandu’s first big test in office.

The Dawn of a New 30 Years’ Crisis

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The Trump era will have lasting repercussions for US power and the structure of the global system.

Trump Unveils a New Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

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But was it really secret before its sudden declassification?

Winners and Losers as the Afghan Peace Process Enters its Endgame

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The ‘new normal’ will be forged by Afghan actors, but the stakes remain high for foreign stakeholders like China, the United States, India, and Pakistan.

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