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The Sunni Arab Crisis of Leadership

July 21, 2017 The Shiite-Sunni struggle itself is the direct result of the Sunnis’ own divisions.

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Watch List Findings: July 22, 2017

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Southeast Asia: The Sum of Its Parts

July 20, 2017 Geography dictated that the region would be a loose affiliation of disconnected states, not a coherent bloc.

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Watch List: July 20, 2017

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Democracy and Geopolitics

July 21, 2017

Jacob L. Shapiro and Kamran Bokhari think about the relationship between power and ideology, and…

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Hard Power Is Still King

July 20, 2017 In geopolitics, nice gestures and money don’t make the world turn.

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Watch List: July 19, 2017

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Russia’s Strategy: Built on Illusion

July 19, 2017 The appearance of weakness might be Moscow’s biggest threat.

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Stories of China: Corruption and the Challenges to Come in Chongqing

July 19, 2017 The most recent chapter of Beijing’s anti-corruption saga is interesting not for what happened but for where…

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What We’re Reading: July 18, 2017

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Digging Deeper Into Russia’s Slumping Grain Yields

July 21, 2017 Russia relies on wheat more than any other foodstuff as an important component of its food supply. In fact, roughly 70 percent of wheat produced in Russia annually is consumed domestically. From Siberia to the westernmost regions bordering Europe, wheat is a staple in most parts of the country.

In 2016, Russia became the world’s top grain exporter with a record production of 120 million tons of wheat, according to Russian statistics agency Rosstat. But poor weather conditions have affected this year’s production. Russia’s grain harvesting season normally starts in June, but this year, it started in July. Cold temperatures have delayed crop ripening and have slowed down field work. As a result, total output is expected to be 17 percent lower than was originally anticipated.

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