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Brief: Black Sea Drills

Background: The Black Sea’s strategic importance as a transportation hub makes it a point of contention between Russia and NATO, as well as nearby...

Brief: An Opening for Colombia and Cuba?

Background: Cuba’s position in the Gulf of Mexico and proximity to the Florida coast has always made the island a strategic benefit when the...

Brief: Unanswered Questions in Northern Ireland

Background: With Brexit, the United Kingdom is redefining its relationship with continental Europe. But Brexit also raised sensitive questions about the relationship between Northern...

Brief: Countdown to an Iranian Bomb

Background: The Israeli-Sunni Arab coalition against Iran that started taking shape last year has put even more pressure on the Islamic republic. But the...

Brief: First Shot in the Vaccine Wars

Background: EU member states are trailing their peers in terms of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, and all sorts of issues with their...

Brief: Why Iran Is Interested in Mediation

Background: The U.S. has been leading the charge on a maximum pressure campaign against Iran for years now. Former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned...

Brief: Rumors of Putin’s Health

Background: Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the official and sometimes unofficial head of state for some time now. And though he plans to...

Brief: U.S.-Canada Ties Get Complicated

Background: The U.S.-Canada alliance is crucial for both countries and for the stability of North America. In fact, it’s difficult to find another pair...

Brief: Everyone Wants a Piece of Georgia

Background: Russia consolidated its dominance in the South Caucasus late last year when it mediated between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the war over Nagorno-Karabakh...

Brief: More Russian Weapons Headed for Belarus

Background: Belarus is a strategic ally of Russia and a critical part of its western buffer, bordering Poland and two of the Baltic states....

Brief: Russia Wants More From Kazakhstan

Background: Russia made progress last year shoring up its southern and western border areas, by placing peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh and siding with Belarus’ embattled...

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