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Dessert Diplomacy: The Difficulty of Presenting a United Front Against North Korea

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A diplomatic incident over the dessert menu reflects just how hard it is for Washington to get its Asia allies on the same page on North Korea.

The Post-War Order Is Over

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And not because Trump wrecked it...

EU to Go It Alone on Iran Nuclear Deal

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With their economic interests imperiled and domestic public opinion squarely behind them, EU leaders are looking into ways to save the Iran nuclear deal. However, good policy options will be few and far between, particularly for EU companies with high exposure to the US market.

Turkey’s Erdogan Calls for Early Elections

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A nationalist resurgence and disorganized opposition have Erdogan rolling the dice on early elections. Will his gamble pay off?

Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

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Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

Trump to Sink Further into the Syria Quagmire?

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

Global Forecast (03-29-2018)

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Frantic US-China trade talks get underway, Turkey eyes Iraq’s Sinjar region, and Russian diplomats are expelled throughout the Western world.

Focus Shifts to Manbij as Turkey Moves into Afrin Unopposed

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An attack on Manbij would put President Erdogan in direct conflict with the US military and its Syrian allies.

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea?

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Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.

Lithuania’s Choice: Nuclear Safety or Spare Vehicle Parts

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Lithuania doesn’t need to rely on EU funding to advance key projects like Rail Baltica and decommissioning the Ignalina nuclear power plant.

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