In Falling Birthrates, Japan Faces an Existential Crisis

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Birth rates are so low in Japan that a precipitous drop in population is now all but inevitable. What’s causing the problem, and what can be done about it?

Mali Crisis: A Historical Perspective of the Azawad Movement

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A course correction is needed if Mali is to avoid the same fate as Afghanistan.

NYC Attack Evokes Forgotten ‘Islamic State’ of Central Asia

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The possibility that Sayfullo Saipov was radicalized in Uzbekistan should surprise no one.

Saudi Arabia: A Revolution from the Top?

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Big changes are brewing in Saudi society. Will they be embraced or resisted by the monarchy?

Hariri & the Saudi Purge: The Latest from the Middle East

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Quick takes on some of the latest geopolitical developments in the Middle East.

EU Anti-Establishment Wave Continues in Czech Elections

Czech Pirate Party

Recent Czech parliamentary elections saw big gains by anti-establishment parties on both ends of the political spectrum.

Marxism in the 21st Century: Dead or Alive?

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Did Marxism die with the collapse of the Soviet Union? Or is there still something it can tell us about today’s society.

How Much Credit Does President Trump Deserve for the Fall of Raqqa?

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The short answer: not much.

America’s Self-Defeating Sahel Strategy

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Washington must look at the bigger picture if it wants to contain terrorism in the Sahel region.

Is Japan on Track for Its First Female Prime Minister?

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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is making waves in Japanese politics, leading some to conclude that it’s only a matter of time before she becomes Japan’s first female prime minister.

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