Ukraine War

Russia’s Syrian Strategy Finds a Repeat in Ukraine

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That strategy being: to bite, to crush, and then to move on.

Is Russia’s Demographic Decline Irreversible?

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A fast-declining population has the potential to compromise Russia’s ambitious revisionist plans and perhaps even its own survival as a national state.

G7 Russia Oil Ban: Not as Simple as Advertised

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A G7 oil ban will be more a matter of economic self-harm than effective foreign policy, unless it is done right.

Food Protests Erupt in Iran

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Drought, global markets, and fiscal pressures are giving rise to a cost-of-living crisis in Iran, and it’s a risk that’s becoming increasingly common throughout the developing world as the Ukraine war drags on.

Ukraine War: A Reshuffling of the Global Monetary Order?

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The unprecedented weaponization of global financial circuits in the wake of the Ukraine war could end up backfiring by jeopardizing the US dollar’s enduring position as global reserve currency.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

Azerbaijan’s Delicate Balancing Act amid the Ukraine War

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Baku has been quite successful in striking a neutral tone to its foreign relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine; but will it ultimately be forced to pick a side?

Was China Betting on Russian Defeat All Along?

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The best outcome of the Ukraine invasion for Beijing is a weakened, isolated, and dependent Russia. Perhaps this was the plan all along.

A World Remade? Lessons from the Ukraine War

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The Ukraine war is producing some bitter lessons for those who believed that global society had moved beyond nation-based geopolitics.

Challenges for India’s G20 Presidency in 2023

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New Delhi will likely shift to seek the narrative away from the Ukraine War and toward more pressing development issues in the Global South.

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