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Minna Ålander

High North, High Tension: The End of Arctic Illusions

May 11, 2023

For a long time, the Arctic was seen as a zone free of geopolitical tensions. Apart from joint military drills between NATO members and Russia that were discontinued after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, “High North, low tension” was the...

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Michael Walsh, Phiwokuhle Mnyandu

Democracy at Stake in South Africa

May 10, 2023

Flawed Democracy Since the end of Apartheid, the South African government has functioned as a one-party dominant democracy. The African National Congress (ANC) has provided political stability for an emergent nation that some feared would be torn apart by...

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Olga Khvostunova

Putin’s Holy Grail: Myth, Power, and the Retaking of Russian-Occupied Crimea

May 9, 2023

“Now, they will call you ‘Putin the Crimean.’” – Alexei Venediktov, editor-in-chief of the Echo of Moscow, to Vladimir Putin after the Russian annexation of Crimea   Following weeks of Kyiv’s warnings about an upcoming counteroffensive, Russian troops in...

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Leon Hadar

An EU Pivot to the Middle East

May 8, 2023

The changes in the global balance of power, and in particular, the challenges posed by a rising China, have made it necessary for Washington to shift more diplomatic and economic resources from the Atlantic to the Pacific. America’s allies...

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Charles A. Ray

In Sierra Leone’s Elections, the Economy Is the Key Issue

May 4, 2023

The Youth Factor Sierra Leone, a West African nation of approximately 8 million people, is scheduled to hold general elections on June 24. Over 3.4 million people have registered to vote. People under 35 comprise nearly 60 percent of...

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Felix K. Chang

Sustaining the Chinese Navy’s Operations at Sea: Bigger Fists, Growing Legs

May 3, 2023

In April 2023, a Chinese aircraft carrier battle group, led by the Shandong (China’s second aircraft carrier and the first that it built from the keel up), sailed through the Bashi Channel to an area about 400 kilometers east...

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Arta Snipe

Amendments in Immigration Law: What Awaits Russian Citizens Living in Latvia

April 28, 2023

Does Latvia intend to expel Russian citizens who currently live in Latvia but do not speak Latvian? What do recent amendments to Latvia’s Immigration Law, which were adopted last autumn, provide with regard to language acquisition, and what is...

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Raphael Parens, Colin P. Clarke, Christopher Faulkner, Kendal Wolf

The Wagner Group’s Expanding Global Footprint

April 27, 2023

Wagner Roadmap: Ten Recommendations to Fight the Group 1. The sanctions discussion needs to be expanded, as such designations should aim to shame Wagner’s state partners.  2. Sanctions lists should expand to include actors in third-party countries, such as...

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Komlan Avoulete

What America Can Learn from France’s Mistakes in Africa

April 21, 2023

France Moves Out, Russia Moves In On January 23, 2023, the military junta in Burkina Faso confirmed its decision to end the accord that allowed French troops to fight terrorist groups in the country. That decision came a few...

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Kevin J. McNamara

None Dare Call It Appeasement

April 20, 2023

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