The State of Play in Northern Syria

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Earlier this month, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to try to clear Kurdish forces from the Turkey-Syria border and establish a "safe zone." Here, we outline some of the key events of the past month in the ongoing conflict there.

Modernizing China’s Military

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Over the past three decades, Beijing has been on a quest to modernize the People's Liberation Army.

The Ottoman Empire: Centuries of Expansion and Contraction

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Turkish power through the ages.

Inflation in Iran

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Last week, Iran's Statistical Center reported that inflation reached nearly 43 percent in the 12-month period ending in August, exceeding IMF forecasts. Here, we look at the inflation rate over the past four years and the rising number of protests since late 2017.

A Looming Global Recession?

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More and more observers are sounding the alarm about a potential global recession. Here, we look at some of the countries most at risk for a downturn.

Attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Oil Industry

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A look at the landscape of Saudi Arabia's oil production and the impact that last week's drone attacks had on global oil prices.

Pacific Aid and Allegiances

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In recent weeks, the Solomon Islands' allegiance to Taiwan appeared shaky as mainland China sought to coax the island nation into its camp. The strategically located Pacific Islands are a soft-power battleground between the U.S. and China; here, we take a closer look at the evolution of aid - a key tool for maintaining allegiances - to these islands between 2011 and 2017.

Rare Earth Elements: Australia’s Resource Potential

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Australia is pushing to challenge China’s dominance in the supply of materials commonly used in the defense and high-tech industries.

Economic Pitfalls and Political Uncertainty in Argentina

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Earlier this month, Argentine President Mauricio Macri lost presidential primary elections to opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez, leaving Macri’s chances of winning reelection in doubt. The result came amid high inflation and a struggling economy, which Macri had tried to address using a series of austerity measures.

Tracking Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean

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How did foreign direct investment in the region change from 2017 to 2018?

Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea

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Taking stock of claims and capabilities in the South China Sea.

New Borders in India: The Bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir

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With the dismantling of Article 370, the Bharatiya Janata Party has stripped the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.