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UN Arms Embargo on Iran Lifted

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Tehran is now free to engage in global arms markets. But is anyone buying?

COVID-19 Pushes Laos Further into China’s Economic Orbit

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Already heavily indebted to Beijing over Belt and Road infrastructure projects, the economic hit from COVID-19 has pushed Laos further into China’s sphere of influence.

Singapore Charts a Middle Path Amid Worsening US-China Ties

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Singapore has always followed the middle path in its US and China relations, but with the advent of a new Cold War-esque bipolarity, that path is rapidly narrowing.

Invisible Warfare: NATO and the Geopolitical Storm on the Market Economy Horizon

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NATO states face a multitude of threats that transcend the military realm, and its high time that the Alliance’s planners took notice.

Backgrounder: Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico

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Ad hoc policy responses on either side of the US border are frequently powerless in the face of the geopolitical, economic, and political forces fueling the rise of organized crime in Mexico.

What’s Behind the Recent Arrests of Cambodian Activists?

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Exploring the forces driving a recent crackdown against opposition figures in Cambodia.

Belt and Road: China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor

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An overview of the China-Mongolia-Russia corridor, one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Undermines the Role of BRICS

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If COVID-19 relief was BRICS’ time to shine, he bloc has yet to rise to the challenge.

Backgrounder: Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Corridor (BCIM)

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An overview of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar corridor, which through to 2020 remains the most hypothetical of all of Belt and Road's regional spokes.

While Washington Sleeps, China Continues to Make Inroads in Africa

cc Flickr US Army Africa, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, .S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brock Jones, 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Utah Army National Guard Atlas Drop 2011 officially began with a morning ceremony at the Soroti Airfield in Eastern Uganda, April 13. Atlas Drop 11, an annual joint aerial-delivery exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), brings together U.S. service members with counterparts from the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), and is designed to enhance the readiness of both countries’ resupply and logistical capabilities. The two-week training will consist of classroom instruction and a field training exercise. Atlas Drop 11 will increase the capability of both UPDF and U.S. forces to resupply Soldiers operating in remote areas. Local civic leaders and dignitaries, UPDF leadership, and the Ugandan and U.S. forces involved in the exercise gathered on the airfield tarmac to commemorate the exercise's official start. Maj. Gen. Andrew Gutti, commandant of the UPDF’s Senior Command and Staff College, was the ceremony’s guest of honor. UPDF Brig. Gen. Silver Kayemba, exercise director and chief of training and operations, and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Dickerson, exercise deputy director and commander of Task Force Atlas, both expressed gratitude for the opportunity for Ugandan and U.S. forces to work together. “I welcome you all to exercise Atlas Drop 11,” said Kayemba. “This is one of a series of exercises in which we jointly train together. Atlas Drop 11 is going to be an aerial resupply exercise that is directed to giving services to isolated platoons that are working in unfriendly environments.” “Training is a continuous operation. If you fail to prepare, you have prepared to fail,” he said. Kayemba then invited Dickerson to speak. “I first would like to say to you all, eyalama noi noi (thank you very much) for inviting all of us to come to Uganda — to come to the Teso area — to partner with the UPDF,” said Dickerson. “It’s and honor, and it’s a privilege. “Our coming together here represents not just the partnership between our militaries but the partnership and the bonds between our nations, our governments, and most importantly, our people,” he said. “We are so fortunate and very excited to be partnered with our UPDF brothers here in the Teso area.” Gutti then spoke and declared the exercise officially open. “I would like, on behalf of the UPDF, to sincerely thank the U.S. government and her Army in particular for availing us the opportunity to train and practice together these very important operations,” he said. “With these remarks I would like, on behalf of the Chief of Defense Forces, to flag off this exercise and wish you all a very successful exercise.” Following the ceremony, Ugandan and U.S. Soldiers began training together on rigging aerial-delivery resupply systems, establishing drop zones in remote locations, and various military staff leadership skills such as decision-making processes. Atlas Drop 11 will end April 20 following three days of live, aerial resupply practice missions to various drop zones established north of Soroti. Distinguished Ugandan and U.S. visitors will attend the final air drops and the closing ceremony at one of the drop zones to marking the exercise's official end.

And the real winner is ultimately the Chinese economy.

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