From Democracy to Dictatorship in Modern Europe

Moldova3, cc Parlamentul Republicii Moldova, Flickr, modified,

Unless Brussels suspends budgetary support for President Dodon and speaks up for the foreign businesses which prop up Europe’s poorest country, the Eastern Partnership Program must bear full responsibility for the dictator which the EU28 and its allies enabled in Moldova.

Belt and Road Initiative: Challenges for South and Southeast Asia

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Faced with the prospect of ‘debt trap’ diplomacy, which will Indonesia emulate: Malaysia or Sri Lanka?

Untangling America’s Middle East Muddle

Last flight at Al Udeid Air Base, cc Flickr U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, modified, public domain

Faced with resurgent ‘great power’ rivals, the United States must realign its Middle East posture.

Understanding Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

SovietTankAfghanistan, cc Flickr Jeremy Weate, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Some of the historical context underpinning Russia’s post-peace talks involvement in Afghanistan.

A Geopolitical Reading of the Chile Crisis

Santiago student protests in 2012, modified, Flickr, C64-92, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Though there are no obvious signs of foreign meddling in the Chile crisis, the presence of historical precedent and vested regional interests should not preclude the possibility.

How Farming Stabilizes Tyrants

cc Flickr Toshiyuki IMAI, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The root of authoritarian power often grows from the farmer’s field.

Doomed from the Skies, Damned on the Ground

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US airstrikes continue to do more harm than good in Afghanistan.

What Does Rosneft Have Planned for Venezuela’s PDVSA?

Presidents Maduro and Putin, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/18446,

There appears to be some kind of alliance between the energy giants in the works, but the extent and legal details remain murky.

North Korean Cognitive Dissonance in Western Academia

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses for pictures with female pilots as he provides field guidance to the flight drill of female pilots of pursuit planes of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 28, 2014. cc Flickr Robert Sullivan, modified, public domain, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and nowhere is this truer than with regards to US policy toward North Korea.

For Europe, Green Means Progress

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Exploring how the ‘green wave’ is overhauling European politics.

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