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Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit last October marked the 40th anniversary of the formal relations between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The biennial event, which gathered more than fifty heads of state, offers a unique platform for these two regional bodies to exchange their shared goals and differences.…

Chinese Investment in Africa: A Blessing or A Curse?

The 21st Century has seen an explosion in the growth of Chinese foreign investment. The Middle Kingdom is spending billions of dollars internationally in an effort to gain geopolitical favor and clout among the international community. China’s foreign spending came to preeminence with the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive program…

Fuel for Hamas’ Fire

Reducing humanitarian aid to Palestine would increase Hamas' power and access in the West Bank, with security implications for Israel.

Is it too Late to Counter the Slow Creep of Chinese Expansion in Central America?

China’s influence continues to spread closer to America’s borders, having now reached Central America. If the United States is not vigilant, it risks losing decades of democratic progress and carefully cultivated strategic relationships. China’s ambitions reach much further than common media narratives suggest, with a rapidly expanding international development agenda looking well beyond the South…

Macron’s Greatest Enemy? Himself.

Instead of leading France forward, Macron continues to hold the republic back. As his poll numbers continue to plummet, President Emmanuel Macron of France has done little to aid his own reputation. In July, French media outlets revealed that Macron’s personal bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, illegally posed as a French police officer on May Day and…

Reimagining the Value of Indigenous Education

Expanding the implementation of bilingual intercultural education (BIE) in Latin America can boost educational access for indigenous peoples and play a role in reducing poverty in the region.

Global Trade’s Shifting Tides This Holiday Season

"The U.S.-China trade war presents developing nations with new and exciting opportunities this holiday season. This could drastically shift global trade."

Did Russia Achieve its Goals in the Sochi Summit?

President Putin’s Sochi Summit brought an unprecedented number of African leaders to Moscow, developing Russia’s prestige as a supplier of arms to the continent and rattling the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Ukraine’s Natural Gas Transit Talks: Scant Progress as Supply Cutoff Looms

Ukraine and Russia are discussing a natural gas transit extension. Without an agreement, Russian gas could cease to flow via Ukraine to Europe on January 1. This article assesses progress in Ukraine-Russia talks, as time for a deal grows short.

Phones and Force: The Geostrategy of Smartphones in an Era of US-Chinese Competition

Smartphones will gain geostrategic significance. The Gulf States, through Apple and Huawei, have aligned with the United States and China, respectively. Their strategic importance makes them noteworthy test cases in the rising geostrategic significance of supply chains.

Conflicting Values in the Arctic: Examining Russian-Canadian Tensions through Election Interference

A forthcoming study from the University of Calgary predicts that Russian intelligence services may be interfering in the Canadian federal elections scheduled to take place at the end of October over concerns in the Arctic region.

Book Review: Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving Our Global Neighbor

In his latest book titled Shrewd Samaritan- Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving Our Global Neighbor, Bruce Wdyick explores diverse impacts of how to effectively and intentional give to the global poor.

How the BUILD Act Can Strengthen U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. LNG exports and clean energy developments provide a potential new source of soft power for U.S. foreign policy assistance and aims. The bipartisan BUILD Act provides a vehicle for the U.S. Government to achieve these twin goals.

The Myth of Economic Growth and Climate Change

Established models for economic growth have failed to address climate change, resulting in significant economic and human cost. Research shows the need for a drastic reconsideration of investment models to avoid catastrophe, writes the EBRD's Moongyung Lee.

Shrimp vs. Whale: South Korea’s Response to Japan’s Trade Restrictions

Japan and South Korea are locked in a tit-for-tat trade dispute after Japan levied trade restrictions on Korea’s biggest industry. The new restrictions have galvanized the Korean people, fraying high-Level ties between the two nations and sparking the grassroots Boycott Japan Movement in South Korea.