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Brief: Russia Demonstrates Its Commitment to the Balkans

Background: The Balkans is a region where the interests of many powers – namely Russia, the United States, the European Union and Turkey –...

Brief: In Azerbaijan, an Opportunity for Mediation

Background: The recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict made Azerbaijan hostage to the competition between Iran and Israel, which has put the government in Baku in the...

Brief: U.S.-Mexican Relations Go South

Background: The U.S.-Mexico relationship is among the most difficult to manage for both Washington and Mexico City. Disagreements are common but are normally kept...

Brief: Russia’s Show of Strength in the Black Sea

Background: The Black Sea is an important buffer for Russia and provides its fleet with critical access to the Mediterranean. In recent years, especially...

Brief: Russia and Japan Jostle Over the Kurils

Background: Russia and Japan have jockeyed for power in the northwestern Pacific for more than a century. The two countries never even signed a...

Brief: Havana’s Rare Concession to Protesters

Background: For Washington, Cuba’s proximity to the United States and location at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico makes it a strategically important...

Brief: With Long-Range Bombers, the US Sends a Message

Background: The United States is trying to make good on its plans to reduce its global military footprint. At least partial troop withdrawals have...

Brief: Turkey Comes Around on Economic Reform

Background: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can no longer ignore the (most recent bout of) trouble Turkey is in. The economy is in shambles, support...

Brief: Russia Is Wooing Uzbekistan

Background: Among the most important of modern Russia’s foreign policy objectives is to reclaim the influence it lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, particularly...

Brief: Tensions Flare in Iraq Again

Background: Tensions heightened earlier this year after the United States killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary...

Brief: The World’s New Largest Trade Pact

Background: The framework for regional trade in the Asia-Pacific has been in a state of flux for the past four years. This is partly...

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