FLASH: October Brexit Summit

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Signals abound that the EU and UK are headed toward a hard Brexit.

Belarus After Lukashenko: The Next Ukraine?

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Anything is possible when Belarus’ long-serving president steps aside, including a repeat of the Ukraine crisis.

Iran Nuclear Deal Breakdown: What Does It Mean for European Business?

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Iran nuclear deal stakeholders are scrambling to evade or circumvent looming US sanctions, but there’s one major hurdle they must clear: the US financial system.

Morocco: Saudi Arabia’s Indispensable Anchor in North Africa

Moroccoflag, cc Flickr Kristian Thøgersen, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With its relative stability and longtime animus toward Iran, Morocco might just be Saudi Arabia’s trump card in North Africa.

Backgrounder: Ukraine Politics

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A backgrounder on the internal politics of Ukraine, a country caught in an East-West geopolitical crossfire.

Italy Locked in Collision Course with the European Commission, ECB

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The Italian government is going all-in against Brussels, and this is a fight it believes it can win.

Escalating Violence in Cameroon ahead of Presidential Elections

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Amid spiraling violence, Cameroonians will head to the polls in October to vote in an election that will be closely watched by the country’s Western allies.

Thailand’s Balancing Act Between the US and China in the Age of Trump

US and Thai soldiers during Cobra Gold joint military exercises in 2001, public domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobra_Gold#/media/File:US_Army_instructs_Thai_Army_2001.jpg

Bangkok’s historically close security relationship with Washington appears to be firmly back on track.

Sanctions Backlash Threatens to Upend US Dollar Dominance

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One of the enduring legacies of the Trump presidency might be how allies and enemies alike came together to dismantle the US monopoly on global financial transactions.

The AIFC: Kazakhstan’s Ambitious Step Forward

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Will the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) turn Kazakhstan into Central Asia’s financial hub, or will the project be crushed by the weight of its own ambition?

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