Economy

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.

Thailand’s Political Challenges in 2022 and Beyond

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Monumental changes could be in the cards as Thailand heads toward a critical general election in 2023.

Marginalized or Pivotal Middle Power? Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategic Choice

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In crafting an Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canada has the opportunity to differentiate itself from its powerful southern neighbor and assert its role as a middle power.

Sri Lanka Debt Crisis: New Trend in the Making?

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Sri Lanka isn’t the only developing economy under severe duress in the post-COVID global landscape.

Economic Costs of China’s Zero-COVID Policy Mount

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There’s no end in sight to restrictions in Shanghai and Beijing as economic indicators continue to slide across-the-board.

UNCLOS Ratification Issue Looms over US-ASEAN Summit

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What better way for the U.S. to bolster a ‘rules-based international order’ than to join with the 162 other countries that have adopted the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?

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?

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.

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