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Brief: Russia Admits Failure in the North Caucasus

Background: The Caucasus is an important buffer separating Russia from Turkey and Iran. Having reestablished its presence in the South Caucasus through the deployment...

Brief: NATO’s Concerns Over China

Background: NATO has had a bit of an identity crisis ever since the Soviet Union collapsed. Not only is there no longer a primary...

Brief: Russia’s Eastward Turn

Background: Russia is following the trend and looking east, hoping to solidify its position on the Northern Sea Route and defend its remote eastern...

Brief: Russia Edging Out France in Africa

Background: France is highly influential in its former colonies in West and Central Africa. It regularly participates in defense and security operations in these...

Brief: In Moldova, an Election Russia Can’t Afford to Lose

Background: The Republic of Moldova, together with Belarus and Ukraine, forms the buffer zone separating Russia and the NATO countries. Moldova’s cultural similarities with...

Brief: Chinese Warplanes in Malaysian Airspace

Background: China's biggest strategic challenge is preventing foreign powers from using the first island chain to box in Chinese forces or blockade vital Chinese...

Brief: Europe Braces for More Migrants

Background: Several years removed from the migrant crisis, Europe is still working to integrate new immigrants. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the migration episode raised...

Brief: Why Russia Would Want to Mediate the GERD Talks

Background: Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt remain locked in fruitless negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Sudan and Egypt are downstream countries that fear...

Brief: Hezbollah Warns Israel, Israel Warns Back

Background: Israel lost a war to Iranian-backed Hezbollah in 2006. Ever since, Israel has remained concerned about the security of its northern border and...

Brief: China’s Growing Role in Central Asia

Background: Over a relatively short period, China has strengthened its position in Central Asia, becoming a key trading partner and investor in what is...

Brief: Why Mexico’s President Is Apologizing to China

Background: When it comes to U.S.-Mexican relations, the U.S. has the advantage in almost every way that matters. Mexico City has few options but...

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