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Perspectives on the Ukrainian Protests

Perspectives on the Ukrainian Protests

A few months ago, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was expected to sign some agreements that could eventually integrate Ukraine with the European Union economically. Ultimately, Yanukovich refused to sign the agreements, a decision thousands of his countrymen immediately protested. The ...

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The Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War

The Geopolitics of the Syrian Civil War

International diplomats will gather Jan. 22 in the Swiss town of Montreux to hammer out a settlement designed to end Syria's three-year civil war. The conference, however, will be far removed from the reality on the Syrian battleground. Only days before the conference was scheduled to begin, a ...

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India Advances in Naval Arms Race With China

India Advances in Naval Arms Race With China

Photo WikipediaEXECUTIVE SUMMARY: India regards China's efforts to enhance its naval presence in the Indian Ocean as undermining New Delhi's strategic position. As a response, India has beefed up its naval capabilities, increasing the likelihood of India joining the naval coalition of Australia, ...

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The Gaza Withdrawal and Israel's Permanent Dilemma

The Gaza Withdrawal and Israel's Permanent Dilemma

Editor's Note: The following analysis originally ran in August 2005. We repost it today in light of the recent death of Ariel Sharon.

Israel has begun its withdrawal from Gaza. As with all other territorial withdrawals by Israel, such as that from Sinai or from Lebanon, the decision is ...

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NAFTA and the Future of Canada, Mexico and the United States

NAFTA and the Future of Canada, Mexico and the United States

The 20th anniversary of NAFTA's implementation on Jan. 1 has revived some of the perennial arguments that have surrounded the bloc since its inception. The general consensus has been that the trade deal was a mixed bag, a generally positive yet disappointing economic experiment.

That consensus may ...

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Ferocious, Weak, Crazy: The North Korean Strategy

Ferocious, Weak, Crazy: The North Korean Strategy

Editor's Note: The following Geopolitical Weekly originally ran in January 2013. We repost it as recent turmoil in North Korea returns it to the spotlight.

North Korea's state-run media reported Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Unhas ordered the country's top security officials to take ...

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Egypt and Russia: Cold War Alliances Revived

Egypt and Russia: Cold War Alliances Revived

U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood and the nuclear deal with Iran is propelling the Arab world into the arms of Russia. The Egyptian government, formerly a U.S. ally, will buy $2 billion in armsfrom Russia, signaling a strategic realignment in the Middle East that leaves Putin in control. ...

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Ukraine: On the Edge of Empires

Ukraine: On the Edge of Empires

The name "Ukraine" literally translates as "on the edge." It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of another and more frequently divided. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was divided between Russia, Poland and the Ottoman Empire. In the 19th century, ...

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Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

Summary

Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series about Russia's intensifying focus on East Asia. Part 1 examines Russia's traditional interests in the region and its closer relationship with Vietnam.

Recent challenges in exporting energy to Europe have made an orientation ...

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