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Brief: Turkey Comes Around on Economic Reform

Background: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can no longer ignore the (most recent bout of) trouble Turkey is in. The economy is in shambles, support...

Brief: Russia Is Wooing Uzbekistan

Background: Among the most important of modern Russia’s foreign policy objectives is to reclaim the influence it lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, particularly...

Brief: Tensions Flare in Iraq Again

Background: Tensions heightened earlier this year after the United States killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary...

Brief: The World’s New Largest Trade Pact

Background: The framework for regional trade in the Asia-Pacific has been in a state of flux for the past four years. This is partly...

Brief: Russian Troops Deploy to Nagorno-Karabakh

Background: Since September, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in the latest round of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia, Turkey and Iran all have interests...

Brief: The Implications of Ethiopian Unrest

Background: In Ethiopia, regional administrative divisions are drawn largely along ethnic lines, so political unrest, too, tends to be defined by these divisions, often...

Brief: Turkey Considers a Partial Withdrawal From Syria

Background: Since 2016, Turkey has had a firm foothold in northern and western Syria, in part by supporting Sunni rebel militias. Its presence there...

Brief: Russia Sees an Opportunity in Ukraine

Background: Ukraine is a crucial buffer state for Russia, which lost some influence in the country after the Maidan revolution brought to power an...

Brief: Egypt and Sudan Enter Ethiopian Dam Talks

Background: Egypt and Sudan have been entrenched in a tense standoff over water, their shared border and the partition of Sudan for years. But...

Brief: Why the US Wants to Give F-35s to the UAE

Background: The United States has helped Israel maintain its military superiority in the Arab-Israeli conflict for about as long as there has been an...

Brief: The Beginning of the End of the U.S.-Korean Alliance?

Background: A variety of issues cast doubt on the future of the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Among them are North Korea’s nuclear program; Washington’s insistence...

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