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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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Letter from Kurdistan

Letter from Kurdistan

At the edge of empires lies Kurdistan, the land of the Kurds. The jagged landscape has long been the scene of imperial aggression. For centuries, Turks, Persians, Arabs, Russians and Europeans looked to the mountains to buffer their territorial prizes farther afield, depriving the local mountain ...

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Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement

Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement

A deal between Iran and the P-5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) was reached Saturday night. The Iranians agreed to certain limitations on their nuclear program while the P-5+1 agreed to remove certain economic sanctions. The next negotiation, scheduled for ...

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Letter from Tangier

Letter from Tangier

Morocco rarely figures into international news headlines these days, something of a virtue in this restive part of the world. The term Maghreb, which translates as "land of the setting sun," eventually came to denote a stretch of land starting in the Western Sahara and running through the Atlas ...

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France-Israel Relations and the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

France-Israel Relations and the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Israel for an official state visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah on Sunday, bringing a promise to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, along with an ardent wish to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

From Hollande’s ...

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The U.S.-Iran Talks: Ideology and Necessity

The U.S.-Iran Talks: Ideology and Necessity

The talks between Iran and the Western powers have ended but have not failed. They will reconvene next week. That in itself is a dramatic change from the past, when such talks invariably began in failure. In my book The Next Decade, I argued that the United States and Iran would move toward ...

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