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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...

Brief: Russia’s Foreign Minister Visits Gulf States

Background: Backed by the United States, the nascent Israeli-Sunni Arab alliance is a potential challenge to Russia’s relevance in the Middle East. Now, the...

Brief: Tough Talk in Eastern Ukraine

Background: The frozen conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region looks to be on the verge of heating back up. For the Kremlin, Ukraine is...

Brief: Baby Steps in Venezuela

Background: For decades, oil has been the linchpin of Venezuela’s economy and an important tool in its foreign policy. As its energy sector has...

Brief: A Prospective Israeli-Gulf Defense Alliance

Background: Since last year, when Israel normalized relations with the Gulf states of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, a Sunni Arab-Israeli alliance has...

Brief: Seoul Extends an Olive Branch to Tokyo

Background: Japan and South Korea have been bickering about Japanese sins committed during the occupation of the Korean Peninsula since about as soon as...

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