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China’s Not the Only Target If US Imposes Steep Tariffs
February 19, 2018

An obscure law would make economic policy a matter of national security.


Iranian Expansion Spreads Beyond the Middle East
February 16, 2018

The country has been getting closer to Azerbaijan in recent months.

Turkey Tests the Waters Off the Coast of Cyprus
February 15, 2018

A new gas reserve in the Eastern Mediterranean sparks friction.


A ‘Credible’ EU Strategy for Balkans Expansion
February 14, 2018

With Russia and Turkey distracted, the time is right for the EU to move in.

Mexico’s Drug War Is No Closer to an End
February 13, 2018

Under the weight of government pressure, the cartels have fragmented but not broken.


Israel, Iran and the War for Syria
February 12, 2018

Iran is attempting to take control of Syria. Israel can’t let that happen.

Central Asia Steps Out of Russia’s Shadow
February 9, 2018

The countries are ready to find solutions to internal problems without Moscow’s help.


Turkey and Iran: On a Collision Course
February 8, 2018

The Turkish incursion into northwest Syria is drawing fire.

What the Market Can’t Tell Us About the Next US Recession
February 7, 2018

The class divisions aggravated by the last recession aren’t going away anytime soon.


In the Balkans, the Power of a Name
February 6, 2018

Greece and Macedonia have been locked in a dispute over Macedonia’s name.

A New US Defense Strategy for the Future
February 5, 2018

After two decades of putting out brush fires across the globe, Washington is refocusing on China and Russia.


Australia Weighs Its Relationships With the US, China
February 2, 2018

For Australia, the dilemma ultimately comes down to the fact that its key security partner is at odds with...

Puzzling US Policy on North Korea
February 1, 2018

When will the president make a clear decision?