Politics

Time for Armenia to Abandon the Sinking Russian Ship

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Russian influence is collapsing across Eurasia. Unlike Belarus, Armenia still has time to make a diplomatic pivot and adapt to the emerging order.

Iran Reborn: The Prince of Persia

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The next succession of Iran’s Supreme Leader represents a golden opportunity for Persia to rise once more in the Middle East.

GUAM 2.0: Can Free Trade Revive the Forgotten Regional Bloc?

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A new trade deal between Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova could give new life to the long-dormant regional grouping.

US Lithium Industry: Thacker Pass

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The story of Thacker Pass – the future jewel in the crown of the US lithium industry – illustrates many of the challenges in shoring up US supply lines of critical inputs for green technology.

Giorgia Meloni and the New Face of Euroscepticism

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Italy’s new prime minister will likely push a softer Euroscepticism that focuses on what Europe can realistically achieve by granting more powers to national governments.

Women’s Rights in Focus as Protests Sweep across Iran

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Will the wave of protests centered on the death of Masha Amini have a different outcome than previous nation-wide outbreaks of unrest?

Using Digital Democracy to Energize Thailand

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A wealth of youthful activism is bubbling under the surface of Thailand’s establishment politics, and digitization remains the best way to give it a voice.

The Case for Vietnam’s UN Human Rights Council Seat

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It’s complicated, but Vietnam merits seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Israel Bolsters Digital Defense amid Iran Cyber Threat

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Israel concedes Tehran is a dominant cyber rival as Iranian hackers target country’s ‘soft underbelly’ – the private sector

Only Political Reform Can Bring Economic Revival in Sri Lanka

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There is no path to economic revival that does not involve sweeping political reform.

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