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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.

London Meetings Hint at Democratic Rebrand of G7

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One of the world’s least consequential multilateral groupings is getting a democratic makeover as the G7’s first high-level head-to-head meetings in two years take place in London.

An Upset in the Making? Greens Pull Ahead of Merkel’s CDU

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With disaffected CDU voters flocking to the Greens in droves, the September election appears to be wide open.

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.

Canadian Foreign Policy Can’t Simultaneously Support Territorial Integrity and Separatism

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Contradictory stances on Ukraine and Azerbaijan undermine Canada’s moral authority.

Do We Live in Mearsheimer’s World?

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Is Russia’s Ukraine policy a proactive response to domestic concerns, or a reactive answer to outside incursions into its near abroad?

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.

From Bangkok to Nong Khai: China’s Thai Railway Vision Edges Forward

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Plans for a high-speed rail line from Bangkok to the Laotian border are moving forward after Thailand signed construction contracts for phase one of the project with Chinese state-owned firms.

Belt and Road Suffers Setbacks in Italy, Australia

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Two Western governments scuttled Belt and Road-linked deals this week. Is a trend in the making?

Quetta Hotel Attack: CPEC in the Pakistan Taliban’s Crosshairs?

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Was the targeting of China’s ambassador a coincidence, or does it represent a change of tact on the part of the Pakistan Taliban?

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