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Hong Kong Security Law Ringing Alarm Bells in UK, Canada, and Australia

Hong Kong protests in 2019; cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In rhetoric, and increasingly in the realm of defense spending as well, Western countries are preparing for a more adversarial relationship with China.

EU Enlargement and the Geopolitical Battleground of the Balkans

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The EU’s glacial enlargement process may fall foul to outside geopolitical players in the Western Balkans.

China Pops Up on the NATO Threat Radar

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How does China fit into NATO’s strategic planning?

US-Taliban Deal: First Step on a Long Road to Peace

Combat Reconnaissance Patrol March 28-30, cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Though there’s a lot more work to be done before peace and stability reigns in Afghanistan, the recent US-Taliban deal is an important step in the right direction.

US-Azerbaijan Relations: Forging Ahead in a Tough Neighborhood

CC US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Col. Gen. Zakhir Hasanov, Azerbaijan Minister of Defense, and Col. Gen. Najmaddin Sadikhov, chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, to discuss the status of the relationship between the military forces of the United States and Azerbaijan at the Ministry of Defense in Baku, Azerbaijan Feb. 16, 2017. (Dept. of Defense photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)

The Caucasus is a region with complex geopolitics and economic interests, which is reflected in the wax and wane of US-Azerbaijan relations.

Europe Failing to Save JCPOA as Tensions Boil over in Middle East

IranDeal, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59829

Is Europe is warming to ‘maximum pressure’?

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

NATO Awacs, cc Flickr NATO E-3A Component, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

The Baltic Republics: Burden or Blessing for NATO?

Natoflag, cc Flickr U.S. Army Europe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Revisiting the strategic rationale behind NATO’s expansion into the Baltic Republics.

The Geopolitics of the Black Sea

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Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.

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