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US Inflation Hits 40-Year High


The result heaps further pressure on the Fed to move up the schedule of its rate normalization.

Assessing a Possible Moldova-Romania Unification

President Maia Sandu, cc President Office of Ukraine, modified,

Historical factors may point to a union, but any path is fraught with geopolitical and demographic hurdles.

AUKUS and France as an Indo-Pacific Power

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The AUKUS alliance has chipped away at the pillars holding up French power projection in the Indo-Pacific.

China Seeks Atlantic Ocean Military Base

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US efforts to rebuff China’s geopolitical advances in Equatorial Guinea are highly reminiscent of the Cold War.

Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?


As a 420 km high-speed railway nears completion, two Chinese-built highways have been given the green light. Will these projects open up Laos, or make it a crossing point on China’s Belt and Road?

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.

Natural Gas Prices Surge in Europe


Pipeline geopolitics, cold weather, and Ukraine tensions are compounding an already fraught natural gas supply outlook in Europe.

Omicron Risks Debt Crisis in Developing World

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The IMF has issued a stark warning that current debt relief efforts are not enough.

Summit for Democracy: Show of Strength or Own-goal?

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President Biden’s Summit for Democracy represents a diplomatic gamble that might not pay off.

Delayed Elections and the Bangsamoro Peace Process

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The first elections in the Bangsamoro autonomous region have been pushed back to 2025, giving its transitional government more time to establish democratic institutions and demobilize rebels.

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