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Russia’s Arctic Ambitions

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The Russian government is reigniting its push into the Arctic. Despite the challenging global economic environment, the Kremlin plans to build at least five...

Iraq, Caught Between a Neighbor and a Superpower

Late in the evening of June 16, Iraqi counterterrorism forces stormed the headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah, a pro-Iran militia, arresting 14 insurgents and confiscating...

Beijing’s Big Bet in Hong Kong

When Beijing retook control of Hong Kong from the British 23 years ago, the understanding was that Hong Kong would maintain a high degree...

The ‘Spies and Commandos’ of Afghanistan

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The media exploded late last week with reports that Russia had paid the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. and Afghan troops. The plot was...

The Caesar Act and Assad’s Moment of Reckoning

Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act – with strong bipartisan Congressional support – to hold the Syrian...

India Rising

India’s days as a fairly quiet giant on the world stage are coming to an end. For much of the 21st century, India has...

Will the Coronavirus Forge a Brave New World?

Of all the major geopolitical players on the planet, Mother Nature may be the toughest adversary. Nature has neither imperatives nor constraints to guide...

Putin’s New History of Europe and the Rehabilitation of Stalin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to argue that World War II, and much of the suffering wrought by it, was the responsibility not just...

For Russia, the Future Is North

Stabilizing its Arctic regions is becoming a priority for Moscow.

Why the Himalayas Are Worth Fighting For

It says quite a bit about the sheer improbability of a major China-India war in the Himalayas that this week’s deadly clash in the...

Turkey and Iran’s Entente in Iraq

Earlier this week, there appeared to be a thaw in tensions between Iran and Turkey. After months of tense exchanges, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad...

Latin America’s Place in the World

Whether they like it or not, most countries are drawn into the international system in one way or another. For this reason, introducing the...

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What We’re Reading: America at War and a Killer in the Streets of Bucharest

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II Maury Klein “A Call to Arms” is the story of the reindustrialization of the United States...

What We’re Reading: Moon Missions and Commercial Espionage

13 Minutes to the Moon Produced by BBC This past weekend, on the night of the summer solstice, which happens to be my favorite day of...

What We’re Reading: The Promise and a Dystopic Collection

Söz Written by Ethem Ozisik While observing social distancing, my family spent a lot of time watching TV. Since the beginning of May, they have been...

What We’re Reading: Political Evolutions and Middle Eastern Rivalries

The End of History and the Last Man By Francis Fukuyama In the 2008 German film “Die Welle” (The Wave), based on a real-life social experiment...

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Facing Our Past

Perhaps the one unmistakable truth of the human condition is that we all live in the past. We are born in a place to...
George Friedman’s new book:
The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm before the Calm“Who will win the acrimonious 2020 presidential election? Shockingly, it won’t actually matter that much, argues renowned geopolitical forecaster George Friedman. America, he contends, is governed less by leaders and legislation and more by cyclical forces that work deep within the nation’s unique structure.”
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Daily Memo: New Details on Hong Kong’s Security Law

Hong Kong security law details. The government in Hong Kong released more details on the new national security law intended to crack down on...

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Yahoo News: Does America Need Moral Presidents?

The late 1980s and early 1990s were characterized by overblown fears about the resurgence of Japan and Germany. There was even a popular volume by George Friedman called, The Coming War with Japan. Full story

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Daily Memo: One Country, One System?

“One country, two systems” circles the drain. On Tuesday, China’s National People’s Congress voted unanimously to pass the contentious new Hong Kong national security...

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