Politics

Backgrounder: Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu Port

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Will Kyaukpyu Port take its place among other One Belt One Road megaprojects like Gwadar and Hambantota?

Background: Pakistan’s Gwadar Port

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The crown jewel in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Gwadar port is a potential game-changer for regional trade flows. But the project is not without its risks.

Great Power Politics Comes to Venezuela

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The Kremlin will be looking to duplicate its recent Syrian success by propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela. But just like with Bashar al-Assad, support comes at a price.

Southern Thailand’s Fractured Peace Process at a Crossroads

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Hopes of a breakthrough have evaporated after a government no-show at peace talks in February. Can the next Thai government regain recent momentum?

Snap Election Looms in Spain

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Move over economics and austerity. The next election is going to revolve around questions of Spanish identity.

US Pullout from Afghanistan (February 10, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss what the United States achieved in Afghanistan and how regional interests are primed to reassert themselves once the US military leaves.

The Great Game Revived: Russia’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Russia’s foreign policy there.

Is Another Russia-Georgia War Looming on the Horizon?

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Another former Soviet republic is pushing for EU and NATO membership, stoking fears of another Ukraine crisis.

High-Tech Domination and the US-China Trade War: AI Is Cheapening Authoritarian Governance

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As a path to economic success and a way to cement its rule, AI represents a lucrative frontier for the Chinese Communist Party. So although Made in China 2025 might be forced to change its branding, the core of the policy isn’t going anywhere.

Why I Never Use the Word “Palestine”

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The word describes a sovereign entity that simply doesn’t exist.

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