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DRC: Cutting off Kabila’s Cobalt Fix

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Joseph Kabila has promised new elections, but recent moves regarding the DRC’s mining code suggest he may have other plans.

The End of British Influence?

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The twin pillars of UK foreign policy – its ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. and central presence in the EU – have collapsed, and the ensuing diplomatic isolation is on full display following the Skripal poisoning.

The Rise and Fall of the American Farmer

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Small-scale US farmers are struggling with no relief in sight. Is this capitalist determinism at work or symptomatic of a more general trend of American decline?

A World without Colonies: The Fight for Freedom in Western Sahara

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The international community should not take the ceasefire in Western Sahara for granted.

Lithuania’s Choice: Nuclear Safety or Spare Vehicle Parts

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Lithuania doesn’t need to rely on EU funding to advance key projects like Rail Baltica and decommissioning the Ignalina nuclear power plant.

Interview: Bret Schafer on Putin’s Internet Propaganda Push

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Geopoliticalmonitor.com sits down with the Alliance for Securing Democracy's Bret Schafer for an in-depth look into Russia's ongoing disinformation campaign against the West.

China: Friend, Foe, or Something in Between

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It’s time for US policy planners to deal with the China that exists, and not the imaginary one they have long hoped for.

US Carrier Strike Group Making Waves in the South China Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 launches off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)

The historic port visit of the USS Carl Vinson reflects a US-Vietnamese relationship that is quickly evolving.

South Africa: Populism’s Next Target

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With a general election slated for next year, South Africa’s ruling ANC party faces a perfect storm for a populist rebuke.

Munich Shows More Cracks in the Transatlantic Alliance

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon deployed from the 177th Fighter Wing, NJ Air National Guard, prepares to launch from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on Nov 28, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

The Munich Security Conference was supposed to underscore the ties that bind the transatlantic alliance. Instead, it emphasized what’s pulling it apart.

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