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Mercenaries and the Wagner Group: What’s Old Is New Again

The Swiss Guard defends the royal family during the French Revolution in La Prise des Tuileries (10 août 1792), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tuileries_Henri_Motte.jpg, public domain

Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.

Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea

White House Washington, cc Cezary P, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_House_Washington.JPG

The US needs to play a stabilizing role in the SCS as China seeks to impose its hegemonic control of the region and beyond.

Cambodia and Other Southeast Asian Nations Shouldn’t Be Stuck with Western Trash

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It’s time to close the legal loopholes and stop dumping Western trash on developing countries.

Tweets Alone Won’t Save Idlib from Tragedy

Presidents Erdogon and Putin, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/58574

It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

Trump, Carter, and the Folly of Trade Wars

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Unless President Trump heeds the lessons of the Carter administration, he’ll be doomed to repeat its failings at the ballot box.

Reserve Judgment: Arbitrating Energy Disputes in Africa

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From new bilateral investment treaties to the rise of regional arbitration centers, the rules of the game for African foreign investment are changing – and investors need to change with them.

Gold as Geostrategic Asset: The Once and Future King?

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash) - National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History

Gold has carried an intrinsic value since the dawn of human civilization, and there’s no reason to believe this value won’t come back into play in a post-US dollar global financial system.

How India Attempts to Internalize the Indo-Naga Conflict

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Despite the official line from New Delhi, history shows that the Indo-Naga conflict is no internal matter.

China’s Two-Headed Energy Policy

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In the fight against climate change, Beijing is advancing an energy policy that is simultaneously playing the good cop and the bad cop. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

FDI in Ethiopia: Is “Abiymania” Enough?

Ethiopia at the African Union, cc Flickr Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Ethiopia’s new prime minister is popular enough to spawn his own ‘mania.’ But beneath the economic success story of the past year lurks the potential for new conflicts.

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