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Moldova-European Union Relations: Has the Eastern Partnership helped Moldovans?

MoldovaFlag, cc Nicholas Raymond, modified, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-moldova_grunge_flag_p1081.html

After a rocky start, the Eastern Partnership between the EU and Moldova is bearing fruit.

AfCFTA: Potential Problems for a Single-Market Africa

KENYA, Mombasa: Photograph taken by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) 31 July shows a general view of Mombasa Port on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. MANDATORY CREDIT: MEAACT PHOTO / STUART PRICE., modified, Flickr, MEAACT Kenya, public domain

Signing the landmark agreement was a relatively simple exercise; the true test is yet to come.

Greenland and the Arctic ‘Great Game’

CC Thomas Leth-Olsen, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The blunt manner of President Trump’s pitch to buy Greenland might have been ridiculous, but the geopolitical rationale behind it certainly isn’t.

Deja Vu: Boris Johnson’s Brexit Hinges on Irish Border Issue

Boris Johnson, modified, cc EU2017EE Estonian Presidency, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Informal_meeting_of_foreign_affairs_ministers_(Gymnich)._Round_table_Boris_Johnson_(36913612672)_(cropped).jpg

With the Brexit deadline looming, the British Prime Minister now turns to a problem that has caused strife for generations.

Malabar 2019: Deepening US-India Defense Cooperation On Display

120413-N-UT411-2510 INDIAN OCEAN (April 13, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and the Indian Navy replenishment oiler INS Shakti (A57) conduct a refueling-at-sea exercise. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed participating in the Malabar Exercise with ships and aircraft from the Indian Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Apprentice Andrew K. Haller/Released), modified, https://flickr.com/photos/my_public_domain_photos/40278388203/in/photolist-24nggx2-byWDbA-26XK9aT-28kmrHa-bMRHy2-5EYzTn-byWE3N-5F3TXu-dk7VKY-hJWaaj-owv62s-hJVef6-dk7Wwh-dk7WJN-bLW42z-2dTgKFL-dk7PBK-WEc1eM-5DFc6S-Vsm6Ad-26SpBdR-byX9cu-28g6vkL-dk813L-bMRJnZ-qU6hUd-qCrimK-5FdvPT-byXce7-SQzwNY-byXeiu-bMRQRt-bwW2pN-ox4pFx-bMRzic-qDPUJQ-byWCFf-pZo7E7-qDXBKF-qDPXkG-5ExkHc-dk7R29-5FfVa3-dk7Yn9-pY6PGX-byX1MG-bMRU2F-5FbCmM-26XNFkx-qUJZap

The growing significance of the annual Malabar naval exercises is certainly a sign of the times in the Indo-Pacific region.

US and Australia Move to Break China’s Monopoly, Secure Access to Rare Earth Minerals

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Rare earth minerals are becoming a consistent theme in US diplomacy and trade policy.

Afghanistan: New Election, Old Problems

An Afghan elder shows his inked finger to show he voted during the heavily anticipated Afghanistan elections in Barge Matal, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2009. Afghanistan village elders are considered to be the role models and leaders among the Afghan civilians. U.S. Army soldiers helped provide security during the elections. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Allison, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Inked_finger.jpg

Bad news is emanating from Afghanistan in a near-constant stream, and much of it is very familiar.

Myanmar’s Divided Peace Process: Hope amid Escalating Violence?

Britain has pledged emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State in western Burma. In May 2013, Minister for International Development Alan Duncan and Foreign Office Minister for South East Asia Hugo Swire announced a £4.4 million package of humanitarian support for people displaced by violence and facing the additional threats of the rainy season and approaching storms. Britain’s package of emergency assistance will provide: - Nearly 80,000 people with access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities malnourished children aged 0-59 months with treatment for acute malnutrition in rural camps - hygiene kits to nearly 40,000 people Picture: DFID Burma, modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_conflict#/media/File:Emergency_food,_drinking_water_and_shelter_to_help_people_displaced_in_Rakhine_State,_western_Burma._(8288488088).jpg

With ethnic conflicts flaring up and down the country, reinvigorating the nation-level peace process will be challenging – but not impossible.

Navigating Zimbabwe’s Troubled Transition

Zim2, cc Flickr Zimbabwean-eyes, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Zimbabwe’s new leaders are implementing an ambitious reform platform to right some of the policy wrongs of the Mugabe era. But patience is running thin among the country’s long-suffering population.

The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam

SubmergedTree in Laos, cc Basile Morin, modified, 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Submerged_tree_under_a_dark_and_cloudy_sky_in_Si_Phan_Don.jpg

As a country that’s particularly susceptible to climate change, Vietnam will face a daunting assortment of security, economic, and political challenges in the decades to come.

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