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India’s Challenge to Belt and Road in Asia

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Though New Delhi can’t match Beijing dollar-for-dollar, the Indian foreign policy establishment is doing everything it can to ensure that Belt and Road does not go unchallenged in Central and Southeast Asia.

Energy and Food Insecurity Will Outlive the Ukraine War

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Fallout from the Ukraine war is just one of many factors fueling energy and food insecurity, both of which are likely to linger long after the conflict is over.

Ukraine War Risks Famine in the MENA Region

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Strangled wheat exports are creating cost-of-living crises and starvation across the MENA region. But for Russia, this might have been the plan all along.

Sudan Launches Border Strikes against Ethiopia

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Recent border clashes in the disputed region of al-Fashaqa risk triggering a wider regional war.

BIMP-EAGA: Bridging Middle East and Southeast Asia

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ASEAN-Middle East trade connections continue to multiply, with many important discussions now taking place in the political and military spheres as well.

Consumer Confidence Craters in Germany

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Geopolitical and domestic concerns continue to mount in Europe’s largest economy, with some commentators even asking: Is this the end of the German development model?

Ukraine War and Food Prices

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The Ukraine war has driven up food prices around the world, and there’s still room to grow.

The Fed Hike Heard around the World

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Expect the Fed’s recent 75-basis-point hike to reverberate in central banks around the world, with particularly high stakes for emerging markets.

US Natural Gas Prices Hit 14-Year High

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It’s a price reckoning that European consumers are already all too familiar with, and now US consumers are starting to feel the pain of high natural gas prices.

UN’s Failed Xinjiang Visit Comes at Heavy Cost

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Despite years of posturing and negotiation, the UN’s grand opportunity to shed light on some of the gravest human rights abuses of our time ended in total failure.

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