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Two Ways for the United States to Deepen Diplomatic Engagement with ASEAN

The time has come to demonstrate again that the United States seeks to engage partners in Southeast Asia at the highest levels of government. As the region’s economic and security landscape continues to evolve, and as Chinese interests in the region grow, the United States government must increase its engagement with the Association of Southeast…
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Time for the U.S. to Act on Yemen as Negotiations Begin in Sweden

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen deteriorates by the day. Approximately twenty-two million civilians require immediate aid, 1.2 million cases of cholera have been reported, and 8.4 million are experiencing severe food insecurity.  The conflict in Yemen, which has become a battleground for a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, has resulted in…
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E.U. Commission Refers Poland to European Court of Justice Over Rule of Law Concerns

Despite vocal outcry from domestic political opposition, the Polish Supreme Court and a number of European forums, reforms introduced by Poland’s Law and Justice party (PiS) have resulted in Poland’s referral to the European Court of Justice. This September, Poland was also suspended from the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary due to…
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What’s next for Iran after the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal?

Iran versus the United States Commenting on competitive interactions between a weak and a strong state, Thucydides is reported to have stated: “The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.”  In assessing Iran’s strategic interactions with the United States, this statement is worth considering. The United…
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What to Expect from Modi’s Participation in China’s Upcoming SCO Summit

India's Modi attends Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit on the heels of strained Sino-Indian ties. China’s President Xi Jinping is known for his predisposition towards grand diplomatic gestures that demonstrate to the world that the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” is underway. As China seeks to play a leading role on the…
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