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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 a vital buffer zone between Russia and the West. Now, media and experts on both sides have noted signs of preparations for an offensive, but there’s no agreement on which side […]

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...

Brief: The US, Panama and Mutual Security

Background: The United States has always had fundamental interest in protecting maritime approaches to its land, including those from the Caribbean Sea. Securing and...

Brief: EU Recovery Worries

Background: Last year, the European Union approved the 672.5 billion-euro ($815 billion) Recovery and Resilience Facility to help member states recover from the impact...

Brief: Competition Over Russia’s Far East

Background: The Russian Far East is the largest federal district in Russia and the farthest from Moscow. And because of its energy resources and...

Brief: Putin’s Message to the UAE

Background: Russia’s strategy in the Middle East involves active balancing between actors including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel. It often uses the leader...

Brief: Blackouts Highlight Mexico’s Energy Dilemma

Background: The Mexican economy’s high dependency on the U.S. economy is a double-edged sword. On one hand, having close ties to the biggest economy...

Brief: A New US Military Base in Syria

Background: For years, the Trump administration sought to reduce the scope of the United States’ military presence around the world, decreasing deployments and withdrawing...

Brief: Biden’s China Strategy Is Taking Shape

Background: The U.S. is virtually unmatched in its military, economic and diplomatic power, but over the past five years or so, it’s had to...

Brief: Philippines and Cambodia Do a Little Balancing

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...

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