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Brief: A Liquidity Crunch in the EU?

Background: Times are tough in the European Union. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown caused an economic downturn, and then its vaccination plan was bungled...

Brief: China in the Spratlys

Background: Southeast Asia is the fulcrum of U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific and the great impediment to Chinese strategic imperatives both in the region...

Brief: Russian Influence in the Caribbean

Background: For the United States, the Caribbean Basin plays a critical role in securing maritime access that serves its commercial and defense purposes. Though...

Brief: Turkey Expands Its Reach in Central Asia

Background: Given that Turkey and Russia are historical rivals, Ankara has an interest in expanding its reach in regions historically considered part of Russia’s...

Brief: Israeli Election Creates Strange Bedfellows

Background: The relationship between Arab Israelis and other Israelis has been a contentious issue since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948....

Brief: North Korea’s New Weapons Test?

Background: North Korea’s missile development and nuclear program and its relationship with China keep the U.S. on guard on the Korean Peninsula. By positioning...

Brief: New US Defense Agreement With Jordan

Background: The United States’ balancing strategy in the Middle East hinges on partnerships with key states like Israel. Another important U.S. partner is Jordan,...

Brief: Russia’s Price Controls Come With a Price

Background: Russia’s economy relies on oil and gas: Its largest oil and gas companies are also its largest taxpayers, and revenues from energy exports...

Brief: Colombia Zeros in on F-16s

Background: The relationship in Latin America between militaries and governments is complicated to say the least, considering the history of dictatorships. In most of...

Brief: Hezbollah Goes to Moscow

Background: Lebanon regularly faces political and economic crises. Its position along the Eastern Mediterranean and the fact that Iran-backed Hezbollah has substantial political and...

Brief: Azerbaijan Prepares for Military Drills

Background: The Caucasus is one of the most unstable regions on the borders of Russia. Consequently, any exercises or military movements in the region...

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