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China's Fragile Evolution

China's Fragile Evolution

By Rodger Baker and John Minnich

Last week, China's anti-corruption campaign took a significant turn, though a largely overlooked one. The Supreme People's Court released a statement accusing former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, the highest-ranked official thus far ...

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Proposed Deal with Iran Not Legal; Iranian Nukes in South America

Proposed Deal with Iran Not Legal; Iranian Nukes in South America

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) forbids any of it signatories to have nuclear weapons. Full stop.

Under the terms of the NPT, the P5+1 have no legal authority to amend the treaty unilaterally, to abrogate the treaty, or to allow nations that are signatories to the NPT to abrogate the ...

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The Vulnerability of Putin and His Bomb

The Vulnerability of Putin and His Bomb

The media have been alive with reports that Russian president Vladimir Putin was ready to use atomic weapons if the West forcefully intervened to prevent Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, a part of the nation of Ukraine. Putin's use of force and his readiness to resort to nuclear ...

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Revisited: Can Putin Survive?

Revisited: Can Putin Survive?

Editor's Note: This week, we revisit a Geopolitical Weekly first published in July 2014 that explored whether Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold on to power despite his miscalculations in Ukraine, a topic that returned to prominence with his recent temporary absence from public view. While ...

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A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

A recent arms deal between Egypt and France may indicate a change in the regional balance of power; Egypt's traditional reliance on U.S. arms and assistance may be gradually shifting towards other actors such as France, the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.  Because Israel has a fundamental ...

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A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East Stability

A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East Stability

While Iran negotiates an agreement with the West on its nuclear program, it holds naval exercises near the Straits of Hormuz, sinking a mock-up of the USS Nimitz, an American aircraft carrier.

(AFP Photo/Fars News/Hamed Jafarnejad)

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Share The Intersection of Three Crises

 Share The Intersection of Three Crises

Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva. Squadrons of diplomats have forestalled one geopolitical crisis after another. ...

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Red Alert: Rocket Fire Could Signal New Offensive on Mariupol

Red Alert: Rocket Fire Could Signal New Offensive on Mariupol

A car burns amid debris after rockets shelled the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on Jan. 24.
(Image from Reuters video)

Analysis

Reports of heavy rocket artillery firing on the eastern parts of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, as well as a statement made by a separatist leader, indicate the potential ...

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Russia's Plans for Arctic Supremacy

Russia's Plans for Arctic Supremacy

Summary

Although the crisis in Ukraine continues to focus attention on Russia's western border, Moscow is seeking to exploit a more lucrative prize along its vast northern frontage: the Arctic Circle. Melting ice has opened up new transit routes and revealed previously inaccessible oil and mineral ...

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