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Is Russia’s Demographic Decline Irreversible?

President Putin attends a Christmas ceremony, cc kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64868

A fast-declining population has the potential to compromise Russia’s ambitious revisionist plans and perhaps even its own survival as a national state.

The Ukraine War and NATO’s Responsibility Crisis

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The Ukraine war provides a vivid illustration of the disproportionate burdens of providing security assistance.

G7 Russia Oil Ban: Not as Simple as Advertised

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A G7 oil ban will be more a matter of economic self-harm than effective foreign policy, unless it is done right.

Thailand’s Political Challenges in 2022 and Beyond

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Monumental changes could be in the cards as Thailand heads toward a critical general election in 2023.

Ukraine War: A Reshuffling of the Global Monetary Order?

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The unprecedented weaponization of global financial circuits in the wake of the Ukraine war could end up backfiring by jeopardizing the US dollar’s enduring position as global reserve currency.

Marginalized or Pivotal Middle Power? Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategic Choice

Canada-ASEAN dialogue in 2018; modified, CC DFA Philippines, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heads_of_delegation_for_the_15th_ASEAN-Canada_Dialogue_link_arms_for_the_traditional_family_photo.jpg

In crafting an Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canada has the opportunity to differentiate itself from its powerful southern neighbor and assert its role as a middle power.

Sri Lanka Debt Crisis: New Trend in the Making?

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Sri Lanka isn’t the only developing economy under severe duress in the post-COVID global landscape.

Economic Costs of China’s Zero-COVID Policy Mount

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There’s no end in sight to restrictions in Shanghai and Beijing as economic indicators continue to slide across-the-board.

Azerbaijan’s Delicate Balancing Act amid the Ukraine War

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Baku has been quite successful in striking a neutral tone to its foreign relations following the Russian invasion of Ukraine; but will it ultimately be forced to pick a side?

Slovenia: How People Power Defeated Illiberal Populism

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Lessons from Slovenia’s recent surprising election result.

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