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December 13, 2017

China
Beijing’s Influence Sparks Regional Concern

Over the past year, both the Australian and New Zealand governments have faced reports that the Chinese government has gained influence within their political systems, universities, and media markets…

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January 16, 2019

United Kingdom
What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London.

December 20, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
DRC’s Election: What to Know

A long-awaited election in the Democratic Republic of Congo offers hope for the country’s first democratic transition, but a contested result could incite turmoil.

A woman signals for a taxi in front of a wall filled with campaign posters in Kinshasa.

December 20, 2018

Wars and Conflict
The Geopolitical Flash Points of 2019

If 2018 was a year marked by international challenges that percolated but did not boil over into full-blown crises, next year may well be the year in which that good fortune runs out.

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

December 18, 2018

Yemen
Commentary: Yemen Peace Efforts Miss a Critical Factor

As Yemen’s warring parties met in Sweden last week, hopes were high that these peace talks – the first since 2016 – would spark a political process to end the ongoing conflict that has left the count…

A woman flashes the victory sign during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Sanaa, October 17, 2011.

December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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December 3, 2018

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2019

Anniversaries recall our triumphs, honor our losses, and mark our tragedies. Two thousand eighteen witnessed many significant anniversaries: the centennial of the end World War I, the fiftieth annive…

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November 26, 2018

Nicaragua
Nicaragua in Crisis: What to Know

Political and economic unrest in Nicaragua could stoke the flames in a region where insecurity has forced tens of thousands to flee in recent years.

Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

November 16, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Global Conflict This Week: Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

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December 5, 2018

Emerging Markets
What’s in Store for Emerging Markets?

Market pressure on Turkey and Argentina has abated a bit, thanks to a large IMF program that funds Argentina for another year and the apparent ability of Turkey’s banks to roll over a large share of …

What’s in Store for Emerging Markets?