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North Korea’s missile tests portend a growing crisis

  • North Korea continues to test missiles of various types. One test last week was particularly notable as it involved an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The timing of North Korea’s series of missile launches is indicative of an ongoing escalation in Northeast Asia as Europe’s war enters a d...
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Why Western analyses of Kyrgyz-Tajik clashes fall short

  • The short eruption of violence between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan following this month’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Samarkand is illustrative of several key factors, none of which are well understood by analysts and policymakers. The true nature of the confrontation — this time...
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New president putting Turkmenistan on the geopolitical map

  • Recent developments highlight that Turkmenistan is growing in importance, with new President Serdar Berdymukhamedov venturing out for his first foreign trips to Russia and Iran since he replaced his father, Gurbanguly, in March. The country is increasingly becoming a transit point for a signifi...
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How useful is the UN when it comes to pandemic policy?

  • It is a bit early to tell how far the UN General Assembly will go as far as its pandemic actions are concerned, but the crux of the matter is the UN’s usefulness when it comes to issues, such as COVID-19 policy, that affect all countries alike. Also, beyond the words delivered by global leaders...
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Race against time with virus ‘offspring’ on the rise

  • During a pandemic it is common for variants to emerge, as the global COVID-19 outbreak has shown. The latest to circulate, the so-called mu variant, is causing isolated infections in South America, Europe and the US. Meanwhile, delta variants, including delta plus, continue to produce “offspr...
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Strengthening of US-South Korea ties has consequences for region

  • The US and South Korea have settled the ongoing dispute about the scope of their bilateral security relationship. This news is good for both countries, with a strong bilateral agreement specifically designed for this Northeast Asian country approved by the South Korean parliament on Tuesday. La...
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Dark clouds gather as pandemic divisions poison atmosphere

  • The fact that global pandemics generally last for at least three years determines the historical truth of what occurs next. There are continuing problems with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that do not bode well for the near term. Subject one is to look at the delta variant and the issue o...
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Russia’s vaccine diplomacy challenges West in Southeast Asia

  • Russia’s vaccine diplomacy is now targeting Southeast Asia in a direct manner. Surging infections have strained this region’s healthcare systems, with countries struggling to roll out vaccination programs as Delta variant cases rise and lockdowns are enforced. Russia sees this as an opportunity...
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Nile River security organization in the making?

  • Egypt is taking a central role in the design of what may become a “Nile River security organization” or similar body to enforce freedom of water use. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is creating not only a regional grouping around the perennial issue of water rights and transit but also...
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It’s too soon to breathe easy over COVID-19

  • It seems fashionable to think the coronavirus crisis is over or is passing into memory thanks to vaccines and new protocols. It is not. The pyres in India are a reminder that COVID-19 is not gone, dissipated or any other wishful thinking. What does the Indian situation mean in the bigger pict...
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