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The Crackdown in Sudan Continues as UN Consultations Conclude

The irreconcilability between Sudanese protestors’ demands and those of the military junta will likely complicate international efforts to facilitate a negotiated return to the country’s democratic transition. 

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China and the DRC: the Geoeconomics of Cobalt and Electric Vehicles

Chinese investors cut a secret deal with Congolese officials increasing their profit share of mining revenues while falling behind on promised infrastructure agreements.

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The Chaebol of South Korea: The Conglomerates that Dominate the Korean Economy

Successive attempts by South Korea’s government to rein in the country’s economic titans have been inadequate. As a result, the chaebols have only grown more powerful since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hun Sen and Min Aung Hlaing: A new challenge for ASEAN

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s latest move to normalize relations with Myanmar’s military junta raises questions as to which diplomatic course of action the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will pursue this year as Cambodia assumes chairmanship of the organization.

Post-protests, What’s Next for Kazakhstan?

Bloody unrest across Kazakhstan may prompt domestic and geopolitical shifts.

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Crises in Sudan and Ethiopia Heighten Uncertainty in Nile Dam Dispute

WHAT’S HAPPENING? As Sudan’s political crisis deepens and Ethiopia continues to unilaterally operationalize the Grand…

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Singapore’s Gastarbeiters: A Stormy Future

Recent incidents involving migrant workers and Singaporean law enforcement call into question Singapore’s treatment of foreign workers in the construction sector.

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Syria’s Return to the International Stage

As the Syrian civil war continues to de-escalate, European and Arab countries are beginning to normalize relations with the Assad regime while current US policy remains unchanged.

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China’s Climate Future

China is trying to undo its world’s largest polluter status, but there are obstacles to meeting this goal.

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Exit Strategy: Is Afghanistan Lost to the Taliban?

The United States is leaving Afghanistan just as Taliban insurgents make significant land grabs.