TIAR 2.0: Breathing New Life into a Cold War-era inter-American Defense Treaty

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The threats envisioned by the original Rio Treaty are increasingly rare. But by reworking the text, the treaty could find new life in addressing current hemispheric issues like illegal fishing.

Japan and India’s Policy Tightrope on Myanmar Protests

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Tokyo and New Delhi are being forced to walk a fine line between human rights and their own economic and security imperatives.

Sovereign Bloat in EU Banking: Prelude to the Next Crisis?

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Euro zone banks are hoovering up sovereign debt, and in doing so risk a repeat the ‘death loop’ that nearly tore the monetary union apart in the 2010s.

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill in Geopolitical Perspective

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Joko Widodo’s Omnibus Bill won’t fix what ails the Indonesian economy.

Middle East Gamechanger? Gauging the China-Iran Deal

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Though short on details, the recent China-Iran deal could one day be looked back on as a seminal moment in the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Great Power Competition Comes to the Middle East: Iraq and the China-Iran Agreement

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The recent China-Iran agreement presents Baghdad with a profound geopolitical choice: the United States or China?

Impeachment, Apathy, and COVID-19 Loom over Peru Polls

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Peru’s presidency is up for grabs in what projects to be one of the most competitive elections in recent memory. But governing won’t be easy for the winner.

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Palma is re-taken by security forces in Mozambique, Peruvians head to the polls, and Russian troops amass near the Ukrainian border.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tantalum Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tantalum, a conflict mineral with complex geopolitical ramifications for East Africa and beyond.

COVID-19: New Waves Emerge in Europe and North America

English: Lieutenant (junior grade) Natasha McClinton, a surgical nurse, prepares a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit aboard the U.S. the hospital ship USNS Comfort. The ship cares for critical and non critical patients without regard to their COVID-19 status. Comfort is working with Javits New York Medical Station as an integrated system to relieve the New York City medical system, in support of U.S. Northern Command's Defense Support of Civil Authorities as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.,

Early vaccine euphoria is fading as policymakers grapple with resurgent COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe and North America.

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