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Central Asia in 2018: What’s the Future of the C5+1?

TrumpNazarb, cc Flickr The White House, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Washington has been making minor inroads into Central Asia, but will it be enough to stave off diplomatic irrelevance vis-à-vis China and Russia?

Trump’s Trade Policy Is an Own Goal for American Consumers

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the public and media Oct. 11, 2017, in an aircraft hangar at the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The president discussed his plans for tax reform at the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

President Trump underestimated the resolve of EU policymakers, and consumers worldwide are about to pay for it.

Will the 2018 Elections Truly Reshape Mexico?

AMLO2, cc Flickr Eneas De Troya, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It’s hard to separate the reality from the hype surrounding Mexico’s new president.

Is Libya the Unlikely Solution to the Franco-Italian Migration Spat?

An Irish boat rescues migrants off the coast of Tripoli; cc Flickr Irish Defence Forces, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Stabilizing Libya to stem the flow of migrants to European shores may be the one thing that Rome and Paris can actually agree on.

Twin Traps Imperil China’s Trajectory in the Decade Ahead

XIJPT, cc FLickr APEC 2013, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Avoiding the Thucydides Trap and the middle-income trap will require compromise, domestic stability, and constructive relations with the US.

Russia Elbowing the U.S. Out of the Afghan Political Process?

Public Domain: Chinook Helocopter in Eastern Afghanistan by Michael L. Casteel, US Army, February 2007 (DOD 070205-A-9307C-001)

The Kremlin’s strategy of engaging with moderate elements of the Taliban is a potential win for Russia and a loss for the United States.

Trump Was Right to Leave the Iran Nuclear Deal

Khamenei, cc Kremlin.ru modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/50745,

The Obama-era Iran nuclear deal was flawed to its very core.

Whither Central Europe’s ‘Axis of the Willing’ on Migration?

Kurz2, cc Flickr EU2017EE Estonian Presidency,modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Will Sebastian Kurz’ “axis of the willing against illegal migration” sound the death knell for the Merkel era in Germany?

Fishing Nets and Market Economy Status Tie up US-Vietnam Trade

FishingBoats, cc Flickr Lucas Jans, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Trump administration's protectionist roadmap has thrown a wrench into Vietnam's active efforts to achieve market status.

Xi Jinping, the Revered

XIJP4, cc Flickr thierry ehrmann, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A newly empowered Xi Jinping is forcing US President Donald Trump to pick from the best of bad options.

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