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US to Rebuild China Policy from the Ground Up

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Amid growing calls for a new approach to the challenged posed by China, President Biden has initiated a policy rethink. Here’s what the new US posture might look like.

FLASH: COVID-19 Vaccine Global Update (2-23-2021)

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Tracking the latest news surrounding the global COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Past is Precedent: Political Gridlock Tests State Institutions in Somalia

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Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s mandate has expired and no new elections are on the horizon. Has Somalia’s 2012 constitution reached its breaking point?

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.

Will the Quad Give Way to the Quint?

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If the ties binding the Quad together are a shared fear of China’s growing power in the region, then there’s no reason to believe it won’t become the Quint some day.

Report Warns of Fiscal Reckoning for Oil Exporters

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A new report foresees an energy transition that’s faster and more difficult than many oil exporters are expecting.

Biden Shows Saudis the Exit in Yemen Civil War

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But amid the total humanitarian and strategic disaster of Riyadh’s war policy, it will still be hard to walk through it.

French Retrenchment Sends the Sahel into a Spiral

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The Sahel was a standout in volatility in 2020, and the security outlook is set to worsen amid signs of a French pullout.

Rise of a “Drone Superpower?” Turkish Drones Upending Russia’s Near Abroad

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The proliferation of Turkish drones amongst Russian adversaries from Libya to Ukraine presents Moscow with a strategic challenge in its near abroad.

History Returns: US-China Relations Taking Shape under Biden

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The Biden administration’s China policy is crystalizing, and the earliest indications aren’t terribly encouraging for Beijing.

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