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Backgrounder: G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK

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Examining key announcements surrounding this weekend’s G7 summit in the United Kingdom.

Global Forecast (6-13-2021)

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Rising shipping costs add to inflation worries, Iran presidential elections unlikely to bring any surprises, and NATO leaders gather in Brussels for the Alliance’s first summit of the Biden era.

No Time Like the Present: Indonesia’s Renewable Energy Transition

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Indonesia’s natural endowments give it an edge in transitioning to renewable energy, but time is of the essence for the government to deploy a comprehensive strategy.

Global Forecast (6-7-2021)

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Iran makes a naval foray into the Atlantic, the EU takes aim at multinational tax avoidance, and security in the Sahel continues to deteriorate.

US-China Rivalry a Foreign Policy Headache for Bangladesh

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Despite courting from Beijing and Washington, Bangladesh is unlikely to deviate from its longstanding commitment to non-alignment.

Global Forecast (5-31-2021)

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The COVID-19 pandemic bifurcates between vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, Netanyahu faces another moment of reckoning in Israel, and China’s yuan hits multi-year highs in May.

G7 Reinvents Itself as Democratic Bulwark in London

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The G7’s sprawling new communique portrays the bloc as a democratic bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

Global Forecast (5-3-2021)

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Turkish military sets up shop in Iraqi Kurdistan, border clashes break out along Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border, and another Belt and Road deal is in the crosshairs in Australia.

Global Forecast (4-6-2021)

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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.

Is Nigeria at Risk of Becoming a Failed State?

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Mass kidnappings are fueling concerns that the Nigerian state is losing control.

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