Vietnam Faces Watershed Moment ahead of COP26

Many roads are flooded in Ho Chi Minh City because the high tide is at its peak. Credit: Hong Giang - Vietnam News Agency. / Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh: Nhiều tuyến đường ngập s

For a sense of the stakes involved at the upcoming COP26 climate conference, look no further than Ho Chi Minh City’s fight against rising seawaters.

Emerging Markets Hike Rates to Get Ahead of Inflation


Though central banks have approached the problem with different levels of urgency.

Syria Facing a Fourth Turkish Invasion?

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Signals abound that Turkey is preparing to launch another military operation in Syria, potentially with the objective of linking its two enclaves in the country.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Indo-Naga Conundrum

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Political reconciliation with the Nagas is one of several obstacles in New Delhi’s quest for greater regional connectivity.

Global Forecast (10-18-2021)


China’s growth slowdown, a new ‘Sputnik moment,’ and global stagnation fears amid higher energy prices.

Egypt Looks to Trade, Manufacturing for Future Growth


Cairo is moving to situate itself at the heart of the post-COVID global trade order.

Want a Tesla? The Guinea Coup Might Make It More Expensive


Aluminum prices have been spiking in the wake of the Guinea coup, with likely pricing consequences for electric vehicles down the road.

India’s Act East Policy: Warning to China or Flawed Strategy?

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Modi’s Act East Policy has boosted naval capacity and morale, but fallen short on overland connectivity and trade promotion.

Ethiopia Launches Offensive as Famine Spreads in Tigray


Whether or not the offensive succeeds, the Tigray conflict has produced long-lasting scars that will not heal easily.

Malaysia: New Prime Minister, Familiar Challenges

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Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Malaysia’s fourth prime minister since 2018, must fix the COVID-hit economy and heal political divisions if he is to avoid the fate of predecessors Mahathir and Muhyiddin.

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