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China’s Foreign Policy Adrift upon Rivers of Sand

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To understand China’s foreign policy toward India and bordering ASEAN countries, one must understand its national water crisis.

White House Transition to Continue Trajectory of US-Vietnam Relations

Vice President Biden shakes hands with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at a luncheon at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on July 7, 2015. [State Department Photo/Public Domain], cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vice_President_Biden_Shakes_Hands_With_General_Secretary_Nguyen_Phu_Trong_at_a_Luncheon_at_the_State_Department_(18883780193).jpg

A President Biden would be unlikely to hit the ‘reset’ button in US-China relations, which suggests progress in Washington’s partnership with Hanoi.

The Coming Cyber-Industrial Complex: A Warning for the New US Administration

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The framers of US cyber policy can learn a lot from President Eisenhower’s prescient farewell address.

West African Governments Can Learn from the US Police Reform Movement

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There is an element of universality in reforming security forces, and it hinges on accountability.

Opportunities and Obstacles in Qatar-Indonesia Relations

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A desire to diversify export markets has pushed Indonesia and Qatar closer together in recent years, but there’s still a lot of work to do before the bilateral relationship can truly flourish.

Corruption Fight Devolves into a New Constitutional Crisis in Ukraine

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President Zelensky has set his sights on Ukraine’s constitutional court following a decision to reverse key anti-corruption reforms.

US-India Relations under a Joe Biden Presidency

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A Joe Biden presidency will impact some of India’s core interests more than others. But overall, recent progress in US-India relations is set to continue.

What a Joe Biden Win Means for the Abraham Accords

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Will Joe Biden pick up where President Trump left off in the Middle East?

Nicaragua and COVID-19: A Crisis with No Way Out

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Most Nicaraguans agree that the Ortega regime has failed in its COVID-19 response, but don’t expect a political earthquake next year.

Threat of Sanctions Can Ensure a Smooth Election in Moldova

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Only the threat of penalties can break the current impasse over reform – a stasis that could destabilise the country.

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