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Impure Attitudes in North Korea

Dec. 15, 2017 It may be that Kim took action before resistance to his policy became resistance to him.


For North Korean Peace, Conditions May Apply

Dec. 14, 2017 Mixed signals from the White House don’t change its options for resolving the crisis.

In China, Reforms Create New Winners and Losers

Dec. 13, 2017 The government is trying to push through changes but is facing resistance from vastly different segments...


For India and China, Southeast Asia Is a Battleground

Dec. 12, 2017 India is expanding its efforts to gain a foothold in the region.

What Is Bitcoin?

Dec. 11, 2017 To know how it will affect the economy, we need to be able to define it.


In Syria, Turkey Remains Silent on Russian Moves … For Now

Dec. 8, 2017 Ankara has been vocal about its opposition to support for Kurdish groups in the past.

In North Korea, Is the United States’ Loss Russia’s Gain?

Dec. 7, 2017 Moscow’s proposal to resolve the brewing conflict ignores basic facts on the ground.


Britain and Europe’s Messy Divorce

Dec. 6, 2017 The EU wants the breakup to hurt London, even if it hurts Europe in the process.

In Yemen, Iranian-backed Houthis Face a Major Test

Dec. 5, 2017 The rebel group’s coalition has collapsed, and Yemen’s future hangs in the balance.


Israel and Iran in Syria

Dec. 4, 2017 Israel is devising a strategy to deal with a rising Iran.

A Complex Dynamic Between Israel and Iran

Dec. 1, 2017 The two countries may have some shared interests, even though it doesn’t seem that way.


South Korea’s Plans to Avert War

Nov. 30, 2017 Seoul doesn’t want a military conflict but must be prepared in case it breaks out.

Germany: Keeping an Eye on the Balkans

Nov. 29, 2017 Berlin has positioned itself as the region’s most important partner in the EU.

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