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Brief: North Korea Tests a Missile and Biden

Background: North Korea has been relatively quiet for the past year or so while it deals with pandemic pressures and other internal matters, which...

Brief: Armenia Shakes Up the Caucasus

Background: In the Caucasus, major regional powers Russia, Turkey and Iran compete for influence over the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia....

Brief: Uruguay Breaks With Mercosur

Background: South America’s two largest economies, Brazil and Argentina, led efforts in 1991 to establish the Southern Common Market, known as Mercosur, with Paraguay...

Brief: Russia Reinforces Its Buffer in Central Asia

Background: Central Asia buffers Russia from the ongoing instability in Afghanistan, but Moscow fears that increased migration and the threat of terrorism and extremism...

Brief: Concerning China’s Inequality

Background: China’s population has not shared in the country's past three decades of breakneck economic growth. The rising tide may have lifted nearly all...

Brief: Reactions to the EU Carbon Border Tax

Background: When the European Union drafted its most recent long-term budget (2021-27), it prioritized technological advancement and innovation over other areas such as cohesion....

Brief: Russia Warns of ‘Internal Threats’

Background: More than most, Russia’s leaders have an imperative to maintain their country’s unity. Russia’s size, multinational demographics, uneven living standards and poorly developed...

Germany Warns About ECB Policy

Background: Monetary policy is a highly divisive issue inside the 19-member eurozone, as different states need different policies and the compromise is often unsatisfactory....

Brief: Ethnic Violence Threatens to Spread to Djibouti

Background: Djibouti’s location on the Horn of Africa enables it to control access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, one of the busiest...

Brief: Russo-China Naval Drills

Background: By many accounts, the bilateral relationship between Russia and China is at an all-time high. It’s welcome news for Beijing and Moscow, and...

Brief: 3 Cuban Generals Are Dead

Background: The Cuban government’s staying power rests on its ability to maintain social order, often through repressing dissent and controlling the economy. Its control...

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