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Geopolitics and Conflict Potential in Central Asia and South Caucasus

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How has Central Asia avoided the protracted territorial disputes of Ukraine and the South Caucasus? In a word: geography.

Kashmir’s Geopolitical Significance is Growing by the Day

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New connectivity projects like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the International North-South Transportation Corridor are making Kashmir more geopolitically important than ever before.

Bellicose Rhetoric & Brutal Sanctions Not the Way to Help Venezuela

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Did President Trump’s hard line against Venezuela inadvertently help re-elect Maduro?

Call Them by Their Name—Fleeing Venezuelans are Refugees, not Migrants

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It’s time to invoke the Cartagena Declaration and provide Venezuelans stranded abroad with the legal protections and funding they need.

America’s Chinese Headache in the Horn of Africa

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US economic and political influence is waning in the Horn of Africa, and that’s bad news for civil society there.

Interview: Maxime Fiset from the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence

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We sit down with Vanessa Reggio of the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) to discuss new poles of radicalization and what can be done to curb their spread.

China vs. the EU: The Influence War that Only One Side Is Fighting

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China’s covert influencing activities are potentially far more consequential to the EU than those of Russia. So why is no one talking about them?

Neglected Backwater: Russia’s Growing Influence in the Balkans

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Russia will keep making inroads in the Balkans so long as Brussels and Washington ignore the region.

Interview: Edward Alden on Automation and the Future of Work

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We sit down with Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss the future of employment and the US economy.

Lessons from Gambia’s Political Transition

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Just one year removed from a constitutional crisis, Gambia is struggling to move beyond the human rights abuses of the Jammeh era.

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