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Brief: Russia’s Show of Strength in the Black Sea

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What We’re Reading: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic

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What We’re Reading: Acts of Heroism

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Russia Considers a New Economic Model

The flaws in Russia’s economy might be too deep to gloss over. At an...

The Utility and Morality of Assassination

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The head of the Iranian nuclear weapons program was killed Friday near Tehran. The...

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The Geopolitics of Vaccine Distribution

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The American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, in collaboration with German firm BioNTech, surprised the world when it announced that its coronavirus vaccine showed 90 percent...

Bahrain’s Shiite-Sunni Apartheid

Like many other countries of the Middle East, Bahrain has been repeatedly conquered by...

China Stares Down a Financial Reckoning

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One has to wonder what Jack Ma was thinking when, in a speech in...

When COVID-19 Hits Home

In Russia, the country I call home, COVID-19 cases are increasing. The number of...

The Limits of Syrian Kurdish Self-Determination

The creation of the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq in 1992 had a...

The World’s Largest Trade Pact

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(click to enlarge) Judging solely by its headline figures, the newly inked 15-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – by most metrics the world’s largest...

US Sanctions on Iran in 2020

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(click to enlarge) As a part of the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the U.S. government has imposed new sanctions on Iran throughout...

Happy Birthday to Geopolitical Futures

On Dec. 2, 2015, Geopolitical Futures issued its first publication. That was its birth. Its conception took place months before, in September 2015, in...
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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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In China, financial regulators need to tread carefully when implementing new de-risking measures. Move too fast, and the private sector may face a credit...

Index: Magyarország nem Oszt, nem Szoroz, az Európaiak Gyerekesek

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Ezek az országok számítanak nekünk, Magyarország viszont nem akart részt venni ebben a konzorciumban – mondta az Indexnek adott interjúban George Friedman. Full story

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