Military

Backgrounder: A Brief History of China’s United Front

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Xi Jinping has dusted off an old ‘magic weapon’ to wage political warfare at home and abroad. Here’s a brief history of the global influencing operation that surprisingly few have heard of.

Venezuela Migrant Exodus Taking a Toll on the Region

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Assessing the regional impacts of the ongoing migrant exodus from Venezuela.

Backgrounder: China’s PLA Navy Modernization

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Beijing has embarked on an ambitious naval modernization program intended to end the preponderance of US-Japan military power in East Asia.

Global Forecast (03-19-2019)

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Trump meets his tropical doppelganger in Bolsonaro, a sea change unfolds in Slovak politics, and one of Central Asia’s longest-running leaders suddenly steps down.

Wilayat Khorasan: Past and Present Dynamics in the Af-Pak Region

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Tracing the rise of Islamic States Af-Pak affiliate, Wilayat Khorasan.

The Case against Netanyahu Builds ahead of Israel Election

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Bibi is falling back on old tactics as he faces a new challenge to his decade-long rule.

Algeria Protests Putting ‘Pouvoir’ on Notice?

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The Arab Spring may be making a late arrival in Algeria, with possible consequences for regional geopolitics and global energy markets.

Kashmir Conflict (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss the recent flare-up in India and Pakistan's decades-long conflict over Kashmir. Is there a real threat of more military clashes, or was this just political theater for domestic consumption in both countries?

Ukraine Elections: Too Close to Call

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The story of the Ukraine elections is now a familiar one: establishment candidates vs. outsider dark horse.

Rift at the Top of Saudi Leadership

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There is new evidence of a rift between the king and his heir.

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