Situation Reports

Food Protests Erupt in Iran

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Drought, global markets, and fiscal pressures are giving rise to a cost-of-living crisis in Iran, and it’s a risk that’s becoming increasingly common throughout the developing world as the Ukraine war drags on.

Thailand’s Political Challenges in 2022 and Beyond

Red Shirt protest from 2010, cc photodia, modified;

Monumental changes could be in the cards as Thailand heads toward a critical general election in 2023.

Ukraine War: A Reshuffling of the Global Monetary Order?

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The unprecedented weaponization of global financial circuits in the wake of the Ukraine war could end up backfiring by jeopardizing the US dollar’s enduring position as global reserve currency.

Sri Lanka Debt Crisis: New Trend in the Making?

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Sri Lanka isn’t the only developing economy under severe duress in the post-COVID global landscape.

Economic Costs of China’s Zero-COVID Policy Mount

Shanghai lockdown; cc The Stand News, modified,

There’s no end in sight to restrictions in Shanghai and Beijing as economic indicators continue to slide across-the-board.

Cambodia Naval Base Gets a Chinese Upgrade

cc COMSEVENTHFLT, modified, SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (May 1, 2012) - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) anchors off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Blue Ridge is on patrol in the Asia-Pacific and in Sihanoukville for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Sarah A. Stancati)

Cambodia insists work on a newly-dredged port and shipyard at Ream Naval Base is not being carried out to enable a permanent Chinese military presence. Washington is not so sure.

Azerbaijan’s Delicate Balancing Act amid the Ukraine War

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Baku has been quite successful in striking a neutral tone to its foreign relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine; but will it ultimately be forced to pick a side?

China’s Solomon Islands Deal and the New Geopolitics

Leocadio Sebastian, cc Flickr, modified,

A new security deal between China and the Solomon Islands is the latest reflection of a global order in flux.

Was China Betting on Russian Defeat All Along?

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The best outcome of the Ukraine invasion for Beijing is a weakened, isolated, and dependent Russia. Perhaps this was the plan all along.

A World Remade? Lessons from the Ukraine War

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The Ukraine war is producing some bitter lessons for those who believed that global society had moved beyond nation-based geopolitics.

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