Politics

Japan and India’s Policy Tightrope on Myanmar Protests

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Tokyo and New Delhi are being forced to walk a fine line between human rights and their own economic and security imperatives.

Sovereign Bloat in EU Banking: Prelude to the Next Crisis?

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Euro zone banks are hoovering up sovereign debt, and in doing so risk a repeat the ‘death loop’ that nearly tore the monetary union apart in the 2010s.

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill in Geopolitical Perspective

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Joko Widodo’s Omnibus Bill won’t fix what ails the Indonesian economy.

Middle East Gamechanger? Gauging the China-Iran Deal

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Though short on details, the recent China-Iran deal could one day be looked back on as a seminal moment in the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Great Power Competition Comes to the Middle East: Iraq and the China-Iran Agreement

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The recent China-Iran agreement presents Baghdad with a profound geopolitical choice: the United States or China?

Impeachment, Apathy, and COVID-19 Loom over Peru Polls

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Peru’s presidency is up for grabs in what projects to be one of the most competitive elections in recent memory. But governing won’t be easy for the winner.

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.

US-Philippine Alliance: Duterte Demands US ‘Pay’ to Salvage Troop Deal

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All of the recent frictions underpinning the US-Philippine alliance are on display in recent attempts to renegotiate the Visiting Forces Agreement.

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.

COVID-19: A ‘Hot Potato’ for Nationalist-Populist Parties in Europe

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Europe’s populist parties haven’t thrived amid COVID-19 – but their ideas have.

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