Opinion

Lend-Lease: The Answer to Europe’s Long Winter Ahead?

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Lend-Lease saved the UK and arguably the Soviet Union during WW2, and now it might be considered once more to secure the future of NATO in Eastern Europe.

Are Sanctions the Answer in Ransomware Prevention?

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The recent decline in ransomware attacks suggests that targeted sanctions, consistently and internationally applied, may degrade the ability of cybercriminals to mount ransomware operations.

Sri Lanka: No Recovery without Accountability

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Sri Lanka must confront its past if it is to have a future.

Invading Taiwan Is No Easy Task for Beijing

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Invading Taiwan would involve a host of political and military risks for the Chinese Communist Party, suggesting that it’s still unlikely to occur in the immediate future.

Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan: The Axis of the Middle Corridor

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The Ukraine war has put a premium on alternate trade routes across the Eurasian landmass, and the Trans-Caspian International Trade Route (TITR), or ‘Middle Corridor,’ is one example.

Putin’s Weapons: Wheat, Gas, and Elections

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The Kremlin is employing a multi-faceted strategy to break Western support for Ukraine, one that hinges on wheat, gas, and influencing elections.

Can Sri Lanka Be Stabilized over the Short-Term?

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A new president brings a fresh start, but given the numerous economic problems facing the island nation, no one should be expecting a long honeymoon period.

Russia’s Mass Abduction of Ukrainians Explained

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Russia-occupied Ukraine is experiencing nothing less than an exhaustive attempt at political and cultural genocide.

Sri Lanka Crisis: A 21st Century French Revolution

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The legitimacy of any government is built on the people and their rights, not on loans.

Does ICJ Ruling Pave the Way for Rohingya Repatriation?

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It is high time to mount global pressure on Myanmar to stop atrocities against its people and start Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh

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