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Brazil Election: A Watershed Moment for Latin America’s Right

LulaBW, cc Flickr Mídia NINJA, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Brazil’s election upcoming general election is wide open, and its result could be make-or-break for the continent’s right-wing resurgence.

Water Conflict: Iran’s Farmers Take on the Establishment

Iranfarmer, cc Flickr Beshef, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Water shortages are fueling protests in Iran, drawing a forceful response from the authorities.

Yemen Civil War: Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Oil Tanker

Yemenwar, cc Flickr Felton Davis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia won’t do much damage, but they will propel the bloody Yemen civil war into news headlines the world over.

TPP Back on the Table for the United States

Leaders of the original TPP states in 2010, cc Flickr Gobierno de Chile, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It was always going to be a matter of time, but few predicted the about face would come this quickly.

Trump to Sink Further into the Syria Quagmire?

President Trump at 2017 CPAC, Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Weeks after reportedly telling his generals to draw up plans for a withdrawal from Syria, the US president finds himself being pulled back in.

Merkel Changes Her Tune on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

cc Flickr ruben van eijk, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

For the first time ever, the German Chancellor has acknowledged the geopolitical sensitivities surrounding the controversial pipeline project.

US-China Trade War: When a Concession Isn’t a Concession

Trump-Xitalks, cc Flickr The White House, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

China President Xi Jinping’s Boao speech is being heralded as a major concession on trade. It’s not.

China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu

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Reports suggest that China wants to build a military base in Australia’s backyard.

Hungarian Voters Deal a Blow to the European Union

Orban, cc Flickr European People's Party, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Viktor Orbán’s decisive election victory sets the stage for a long-delayed East-West battle over what lies at the heart of the European Union.

Geopolitical Realities Threaten to Derail Trump-Kim Summit

Trump, cc Gage Skidmore, Flickr, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/16471535187/in/photolist-r6wVxZ-kNDT2n-FPZFbA-SqTz5h-e47hqo-e41H9F-kNEGdV-9hNuLJ-23XRWck-rnyegL-tvKemh-TvfbtY-kNDNjB-YfihZS-kNFtgb-Su37BR-e41FPF-e41FyT-24E5ptS-8mvE2m-qt54i4-ZzgGx1-HBvx1u-QaM5xH-9rmBGH-9JrE1T-24K8AxZ-23aB87g-sdXnsn-EzvJ67-21Zbdaq-C6xt8Q-SfGqf1-EPd159-Sqmyfd-r8hNKQ-SuxxHz-kNFAnf-21Zbnu7-d5X6uS-SuyWxR-24FnAjQ-RftMdZ-hohF8U-SfG1YG-23o2xmt-F9Px45-hLq5ru-SfFT8m-SfHhhW

The advent of a Trump-Kim summit does not represent any shift in North Korea’s long-term strategy of using its nuclear program for regime preservation.

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