Italy: One Coalition Falls, Another Rises?

Renzi, cc Flickr Francesco Pierantoni, modified,

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini may have overplayed his hand in Italy.

Germany Veers toward Recession in 3Q

BMWMuseum, cc Flickr Sergei Gussev,modified,

Amid trade wars and the uncertainty of Brexit, Europe’s economic engine has begun to sputter.

US-China Trade War and Iranian Oil: Market Disruptions Ahead?

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Risks are mounting on both the supply and demand side of global oil markets.

Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea

White House Washington, cc Cezary P, modified,

The US needs to play a stabilizing role in the SCS as China seeks to impose its hegemonic control of the region and beyond.

Shock Poll Puts Austerity on Notice in Argentina

(Buenos Aires - Argentina, 06/06/2019) Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro durante Reunião Ampliada com o Presidente da República Argentina, Mauricio Macri. Foto: Marcos Corrêa/PR cc Palácio do Planalto, Flickr, modified,

Voters caught investors off-guard with their early rejection of Macri’s austerity policies. But will the resulting carnage in Argentine currency and equity markets change any minds?

Cambodia and Other Southeast Asian Nations Shouldn’t Be Stuck with Western Trash

Garbage Dump, cc Flickr Adam Jones, modified,

It’s time to close the legal loopholes and stop dumping Western trash on developing countries.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Landmines and Instability in Myanmar

Minefield warning sign, cc dimitrisvetsikas1969 (, modified.

Renewed violence and a stalling peace process are delaying the start of much-needed mine clearance in Myanmar.

Cuba’s Intelligence Masterstroke in Venezuela

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The many accomplishments of Cuban intelligence in Venezuela stand as an instructive example of how a smaller agency can punch far above its weight.

What’s at Stake in a Hard Brexit

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What’s on the line if the Johnson government pulls Britain out of the UK without a deal on October 31?

Trump, Carter, and the Folly of Trade Wars

Jimmy Carter, cc Joe Haupt, modified, Flickr,

Unless President Trump heeds the lessons of the Carter administration, he’ll be doomed to repeat its failings at the ballot box.

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