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Thomas J. Shattuck, Jacques deLisle

The Legacy of Taiwan’s Lee Teng-hui

August 7, 2020

On July 30, 2020, former President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan passed away at the age of 97. He had served as vice president to President Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek, before becoming president himself. Lee was the...

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Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova

Sino-Russian Narratives of Cooperation and What It Means for the Baltics

August 6, 2020

When the topic of possible Sino-Russian convergence comes up, analytical opinions can differ dramatically. Some say the two countries are growing closer — others point to the historical issues sticking out from the carpets under which leaders Vladimir Putin...

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Yaroslav Shevchenko

COVID-19 and Authoritarian Regimes: China vs. Russia

July 30, 2020

The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are certainly the two most prominent authoritarian regimes in the world today, with their quasi-alliance characterized as an “axis of authoritarians” and portrayed as a major threat to the...

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Felix K. Chang

No Sanctuary: China’s New Territorial Dispute with Bhutan

July 29, 2020

Resting at the eastern end of Bhutan is the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. Spanning some 750 square kilometers, it is spread out across a densely forested area of the Himalayan Mountains. The sanctuary is far better known for its unique...

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Una Bergmane

How Putin is Rehabilitating the Nazi-Soviet Pact

July 28, 2020

During a press conference in 2005, Russian President Vladimir Putin argued that there is no need to talk "every day" about such "realities of the past" as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, European colonialism or slavery in the US. At the...

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Mitchell Orenstein

Poland’s Presidential Election: It’s the Economy, Stupid

July 27, 2020

Poland’s presidential election has been badly misinterpreted in the foreign press. While the election was fought, on the face of it, as a culture war between one half of Poland that is traditional and nationalist and another half that...

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George W. Croner

What Durham Is Investigating and Why It Poses a Danger to US Intelligence Analysis

July 25, 2020

Just Security In October 1972, despite a sizable lead in all the pre-election polls, President Richard Nixon had his national ...

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Peter Chalk, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Colin P. Clarke

Can Sudan Escape Its History as a Transit Hub for Violent Extremist Organizations?

July 23, 2020

When the U.S. Department of State released its annual country reports on terrorism a few weeks ago, many security analysts were curious how Sudan would be assessed. The state has been officially listed as a sponsor of terrorism since...

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Matthew Thomas

Maritime Security Issues in the Baltic Sea Region

July 22, 2020

In June, NATO conducted a scaled down version of its annual BALTOPS naval drills in the Baltic Sea. But with a heavy emphasis on land-based deterrence since re-independence, the Baltic States and NATO alike have been largely plagued by...

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Adrian A. Basora, Nikolas K. Gvosdev

After the 2020 Polish Presidential Elections: The State of Central European Democracies

July 21, 2020

The original Orbis article, in 2013, focused on how the Euro-zone crisis led to democratic backsliding in the new democracies that emerged in Central Europe, notably in Hungary and Poland. Ambassador Adrian Basora expressed concern that this “could jeopardize...

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