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Brazil Election: A Watershed Moment for Latin America’s Right

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Brazil’s election upcoming general election is wide open, and its result could be make-or-break for the continent’s right-wing resurgence.

Global Forecast (04-17-2018)

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Ambivalence in the United States on new Russia sanctions, a Jupiter rises to defend democracy in Europe, and the IMF predicts solid global growth for 2018.

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

China’s Empire of Debt

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Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Hungarian Voters Deal a Blow to the European Union

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Viktor Orbán’s decisive election victory sets the stage for a long-delayed East-West battle over what lies at the heart of the European Union.

Brazil Supreme Court Upholds Lula’s Jail Time

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Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s political career looks to be finished, with major consequences for Brazil’s upcoming general election in 2018.

Brunei Abandons South China Sea Claim for Chinese Finance

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The first domino of ASEAN claimant states has fallen as Brunei goes silent on the South China Sea dispute in exchange for closer economic cooperation with China.

China-India Geopolitical Competition: First Maldives, Next Sri Lanka?

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It’s not just the Maldives where India and China are staring each other down in the Indian Ocean. The “Resplendent Island” is also a potential frontline in the simmering geopolitical competition between Asia’s giants.

Global Forecast (03-29-2018)

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Frantic US-China trade talks get underway, Turkey eyes Iraq’s Sinjar region, and Russian diplomats are expelled throughout the Western world.

The End of British Influence?

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The twin pillars of UK foreign policy – its ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. and central presence in the EU – have collapsed, and the ensuing diplomatic isolation is on full display following the Skripal poisoning.

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