Iran Bends under the Weight of US ‘Maximum Pressure’

A picture from the Tehran protests of 2009, cc Milad Avazbeigi, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tehran_protests_(2).jpg

New nationwide protests are heaping pressure on the Rouhani regime; but all routes to a political solution remain blocked off.

From Democracy to Dictatorship in Modern Europe

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Unless Brussels suspends budgetary support for President Dodon and speaks up for the foreign businesses which prop up Europe’s poorest country, the Eastern Partnership Program must bear full responsibility for the dictator which the EU28 and its allies enabled in Moldova.

Russia’s Revanchist Reach in Africa

Putin Speech at Russia-Africa summit, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/61891, cc kremlin.ru

After decades of being relegated to the sidelines, Russia is deepening its political, economic, and military engagement with African countries.

Iraq Protests in Recent Historical Perspective

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The seeds of the current crisis were planted during the demise of the Hussein regime.

China’s Enduring Influence over Wa State in Myanmar

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Exploring the interests and motivations underpinning China’s historical involvement in Wa state along the Myanmar border.

Untangling America’s Middle East Muddle

Last flight at Al Udeid Air Base, cc Flickr U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, modified, public domain

Faced with resurgent ‘great power’ rivals, the United States must realign its Middle East posture.

Coup or Democratic Spring? Morales Flees Bolivia

Movimientos sociales respaldan al Presidente Evo Morales / Foto: Fernanda LeMarie - Cancillería./ cc Flickr Ricardo Patiño, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Evo Morales has fled Bolivia, marking a new chapter in the country’s simmering political crisis.

Hong Kong Protests Spiral into Violence

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With all paths to a political solution blocked off, violence continues to worsen on the streets of Hong Kong.

Spain Elections: New Poll, Same Deadlocked Politics?

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Spain’s fourth general election in five years is unlikely to break the country’s political deadlock.

Nile Basin Water Wars: One Step Closer to an Agreement

Combined GERD leaders smile at the White House, cc Flickr White House, modified, public domain

Recent negotiations have offered a ray of hope in the longstanding water conflict.

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