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US to Rebuild China Policy from the Ground Up

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Amid growing calls for a new approach to the challenged posed by China, President Biden has initiated a policy rethink. Here’s what the new US posture might look like.

Inflation Whispers Spook Global Bond Markets

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Do spiking yield curves across the developed world harken the end of COVID-era monetary stimulus?

Biden Shifts US Strategic Posture in Middle East, Again

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The pendulum of US strategic posture in the Middle East has swung once more.

Biden Not the Hero the WTO Needs

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The Biden administration appears content to perpetuate the WTO’s toothless status, with major consequences for global trade moving forward.

FLASH: COVID-19 Vaccine Global Update (2-23-2021)

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Tracking the latest news surrounding the global COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Past is Precedent: Political Gridlock Tests State Institutions in Somalia

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Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s mandate has expired and no new elections are on the horizon. Has Somalia’s 2012 constitution reached its breaking point?

The Inevitable Rise of Euroscepticism in the Wake of COVID-19

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While COVID-19 may not be an existential crisis for the EU, it does tick virtually all the boxes when it comes to hardening Eurosceptic attitudes throughout the bloc.

What Can Biden Do about the Uyghur Genocide?

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An early test for US-China relations under the Biden administration: whether or not systemic oppression in Xinjiang constitutes a ‘genocide.’

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tantalum Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tantalum, a conflict mineral with complex geopolitical ramifications for East Africa and beyond.

Report Warns of Fiscal Reckoning for Oil Exporters

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A new report foresees an energy transition that’s faster and more difficult than many oil exporters are expecting.

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