Economy

Closer India-Vietnam Relations: Implications for Southeast Asia

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Examining the geopolitical impact of a closer India-Vietnam alignment in Southeast Asia.

In Search of an Independent China Policy in Post-Duterte Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte, CC Flickr, Casino Connection, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/globalgamingbusiness/28758099456/

A more holistic approach will be needed if the Philippines is to craft a China policy that’s actually fit for purpose.

Resolving the EU’s Rule of Law Conundrum?

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The EU’s COVID-19 response fund may be historic, but will it be money well spent?

Unintended Consequences Abound with New US Sanctions on Syria

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The US ‘Caesar sanctions,’ aimed at forcing the Assad regime to negotiate, could potentially further immiserate the country’s long-suffering people.

Is Bangladesh Pivoting from India toward the China-Pakistan Nexus?

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Recent events seem to suggest that Bangladesh is moving closer to China and Pakistan, potentially furthering the geopolitical encirclement of India.

CPEC & State Capture in Pakistan

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The Pakistani military’s creeping influence over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be a case of history repeating.

A Little Bit of History Repeating? Thai Students and Revolution

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Are events in Thailand just a little bit of history repeating or do they portend major change?

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).

Water as a Building Block for Peace in Lebanon and Beyond

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Lebanon’s water crisis mirrors the country’s governance problems, and this tragic circumstance is by no means unique in the Middle East.

A Breakdown in Bolivian Democracy: Coup or Caudillismo?

Evo Morales at a Press Conference. cc Flickr Ministerio de Cultura de la N, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/culturaargentina/

As tempting as it might be to accept the claim that Luis Almagro and the OAS were responsible for a coup in Bolivia, to do so would undermine Morales’s role in the systematic erosion of democracy in the country.

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