Venezuela’s Downward Spiral

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Venezuelans are literally starving as the U.S., China, and Russia jockey for geopolitical position in the troubled South American country.

The Rebirth of Russia’s Global Interests

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In a case of history repeating, Moscow is making new diplomatic inroads into both the DPRK crisis and the Israel-Palestine peace process.

Confronting Asia’s Demographic Demons

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Policymakers should tackle Asia’s diversity problem to reap not just a moral dividend, but an economic one as well.

Venezuela: An Unsettling Stasis

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Recent stability in Venezuela is not real progress - it’s just the calm before the storm.

DR Congo and the Conundrum of UN Peacekeeping

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The UN’s troubled mission in the DRC is bringing some of the challenges of modern peacekeeping into sharp relief.

Revisiting Dictatorship in Indonesia: The “Good Old Days”?

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Democracy, as the popular saying goes, is the worst form of government, except for all the others.

Is the EU Finally Getting Tough on Smoking?

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New regulations targeting Big Tobacco are being rolled out throughout Europe.

The Long Road to Justice for Sri Lanka Civil War Victims

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Victims on both sides of the Sri Lanka civil war are still searching for closure.

US Truck Drivers Brace for the Bot Onslaught

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Automation in the long-haul trucking industry threatens millions of jobs. US politicians can either get ahead of the curve now, or reap the whirlwind later on.

Somaliland’s Fading Chance for Recognition

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Recent polls in Somaliland will go down as a lost chance for greater international recognition.

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