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

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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?

Backgrounder: 2021 Tunisia Political Crisis

The palace view as Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with Tunisian President Kais Saied, at Carthage Palace, Tunisia, Sept. 30, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando), cc U.S. Secretary of Defense, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:200930-D-BN624-2191_(50402134718).jpg

Examining the background and consequences of the sudden removal of Tunisia’s prime minister.

Amid Renewed Protests, Thai Opposition Pushes for Constitutional Change

The protests on August 16, 2020 in a large demonstration organized under the Free Youth umbrella (Thai: เยาวชนปลดแอก; RTGS: yaowachon plot aek) at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok., cc Supanut Arunoprayote, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?sort=last_edit_desc&search=bangkok+protest+filetype%3Abitmap&title=Special%3ASearch&profile=advanced&fulltext=1&advancedSearch-current=%7B%22fields%22%3A%7B%22filetype%22%3A%22bitmap%22%7D%7D&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1#/media/File:Protest_in_2020_Democracy_Monument_(I).jpg

Opponents of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party are pushing to amend Thailand’s 2017 constitution, which kept Junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha in power. A military-appointed Senate stands in their way.

Record Northwest Drought Imperils US Wheat Crop

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Wheat farmers in Washington, Montana, and Idaho stand to suffer as global prices tick upward on supply concerns.

Washington Should Stay Out of Cuba’s Fight for Freedom

Counter-attack by Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces supported by T-34 tanks near Playa Giron during the Bay of Pigs invasion, 19 April 1961.. , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Attack_near_Playa_Giron._April_19,_1961._-_panoramio.jpg

A metamorphosis is occurring in Havana, and the United States must let nature take its course.

South Africa’s Zuma Pursuing a Treasonous Strategy

CAPE TOWN/SOUTH AFRICA, 12JUN2009 - Jacob Zuma, Presdent of South Africa, at the Closing Plenary : Africa's Roadmap: From Crisis to Opportunity held during the World Economic Forum on Africa 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa, June 12, 2009, cc World Economic Forum, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Zuma,_2009_World_Economic_Forum_on_Africa-9.jpg

Former president Zuma has made a habit of subverting the constitutional order for political gain, and the destabilizing consequences are now on open display.

Global Forecast (7-19-2021)

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South Korea looks to build its own Iron Dome, former justice ministry official implicated in Moise assassination, and Chinese Belt and Road workers targeted in Pakistan.

The Geopolitics of Cuba Unrest

A 2021 solidarity protest in Naples, Florida, cc P,TO 19104, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2021_Cuban_government_protest_in_Naples_Florida.jpg

For a country as geopolitically important as Cuba, there’s no such thing as a strictly domestic political upheaval.

South Africa Reaches a Breaking Point

an anti-Zuma protest from 2017, cc Discott, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=president+zuma&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1#/media/File:Anti-Zuma_protest_Cape_Town.jpg

A week of violence and looting poses a serious threat to South Africa’s long-term stability.

Drone Warfare Poses New Challenges in India’s Periphery

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Cheaper and more sophisticated than ever before, drones have become an essential tool for militant groups in India and beyond.

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