In Briefs

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Putin-Xi Summit Reinforces Anti-U.S. Partnership
The meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Moscow helped both give the impression of a united front, but underlying tensions were also discernible.
How Peru’s Crisis Could Send Shockwaves Through the Region
The mass protests that have rocked Peru since December threaten to upend regional supply chains, intensify migration flows, and strain Lima’s bilateral relations.  
United States
Can Biden’s New Asylum Policy Help Solve the Migrant Crisis?
The Biden administration’s proposed immigration policy aims to curb migrant flows to the United States amid record border crossings. What will it do, and how does it compare to the Trump years?
Southeast Asia
War-Torn Myanmar Plans to Hold Elections. Will They Matter?
The two-year-old military junta in Myanmar wants to hold elections this year to legitimize its rule, but steady losses in its spreading civil war have put its own existence in peril and could make a vote nearly impossible.
How Bad Is Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis a Year Later?
A year after Russia’s invasion, Ukraine is suffering a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. The outflow of millions of refugees has placed a strain on neighboring countries.
One Year of War in Ukraine: Are Sanctions Against Russia Making a Difference?
The United States and its allies have imposed harsh economic penalties on Russia over its war in Ukraine. One year after the invasion began, here’s what they have achieved and where critics say they’ve fallen short.
Ukraine Has Held Off Russia’s Invasion—So Far. Here’s How.
Ukraine has withstood and repelled the mighty Russian military through Western support, Russian blundering, and its own resourcefulness. However, the circumstances could be changing.
Europe and Eurasia
One Year After: How Putin Got Germany Wrong
Germany, once dangerously dependent on Russian energy, has defied Russian expectations in its reaction to war in Ukraine.
Middle East and North Africa
Massive Earthquake Could Reshape Turkish and Syrian Politics
Turkish President Erdogan and Syrian President Assad could see opportunities to extend their rules in the disaster that has killed tens of thousands and pushed relief systems to their limits.
How Countries Have Kept Up Domestic Support for the War in Ukraine
Governments most directly affected by Russia’s war on Ukraine all worry about sustaining domestic support for their policies. One year in, however, they have managed this problem with surprising success.   
What’s at Stake in Pakistan’s Power Crisis
Worsening blackouts are the latest manifestation of Pakistan’s economic distress. A brewing debt crisis could plunge the country into financial chaos.
How a New U.S.-South Korea Deal Can Deter the North Korean Nuclear Threat
The United States and South Korea should pursue an expanded nuclear agreement that supports the production of civilian nuclear power and enhances extended deterrence against the North Korean threat.  
German and U.S. Tanks Will Be Critical in Ukraine’s Next Phase Against Russia
The main battle tanks that the United States and Germany have agreed to provide Ukraine will help its forces punch through Russian fortifications and retake lost territory.
The U.S. Government Banned TikTok From Federal Devices. What’s Next?
The ban was enacted due to growing national security concerns related to China. Critics say there are more effective ways to protect U.S. data privacy.
The West Is Sending Light Tanks to Ukraine. Will They Make a Difference?
Ukraine is set to receive dozens of light tanks from the United States, France, and Germany. How will these weapons bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russia?