Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

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Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Uranium Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine uranium, a key input in nuclear power generation that was included on the US Interior Department’s list of critical minerals.

Protests, Shortages amid Record Mideast Heatwave

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A brutal heatwave is exacerbating resource shortages and fueling sectarian conflict in Iran and Iraq.

Winds of Change: Vietnam’s Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

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Vietnam is harnessing a grassroots desire for green energy to enact a slow but steady transition away from coal-based electricity generation.

Backgrounder: G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK

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

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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.

Reputations at Stake in Post-Covid Asia Supply Chain Shakeup

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Companies that fail to adapt to the new normal of ESG standards face considerable reputational risk.

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)


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.

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