Israeli Firms and UAE Courts: Is Caution Warranted?

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A recent high-profile ruling against ‘jurisdiction shopping’ would seem to suggest that the UAE system is moving in the right direction.

The Role of Armenia in French Elections

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Examining Armenia’s outsize impact on French presidential politics.

Global Forecast (1-10-2022)


No ‘second-class’ members in NATO, CSTO troops sent to Kazakhstan, and inflation shows no signs of fading in the euro zone.

Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

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Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Assessing a Possible Moldova-Romania Unification

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Historical factors may point to a union, but any path is fraught with geopolitical and demographic hurdles.

Backgrounder: China’s Military Modernization Comes of Age

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The latest defense department report on China’s military modernization suggests that Beijing is rapidly closing the capability gap with Western peers, particularly with regard to air, sea, and missile forces.

Outlook 2022: A Russian Invasion of Ukraine?


2022 is projecting to be a year when something gives in the Ukraine civil war, one way or another.

Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?


As a 420 km high-speed railway nears completion, two Chinese-built highways have been given the green light. Will these projects open up Laos, or make it a crossing point on China’s Belt and Road?

Evergrande: Harbinger of China’s Decline?

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Evergrande has laid bare Beijing’s secret: structural weaknesses are sending China into decline.

Global Forecast (12-13-2021)


A decisive Fed meeting, NATO-Russia hold talks to deescalate Ukraine tensions, and drones turning the tide in the Ethiopia civil war.

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