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The Chinese Communist Party’s Biggest Fears are Separatism and an Economic Crisis

The Chinese Communist Party is likely to maintain its monopoly on power in China for the foreseeable future. However, the party isn't without its vulnerabilities. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a firm grip on power in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), there are a number of ethnic, religious, and economically-motivated groups which pose…
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Armenian Investigators Charge Head of Russia-Led Security Bloc with “Subverting Public Order”

Armenian officials emphasized the case was only about internal affairs, but the response from Russia was not enthusiastic. This story was originally published by Eurasianet. Amid a period of heightened tensions between Yerevan and Moscow, Armenia has charged the head of the Russia-led security bloc with the crime of “subverting public order.”…
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Foreign Threats to Ukraine’s National Security Distract from Internal Disorder

While the world focuses on the threat posed by Russia to Ukraine, domestic issues are at the root of many of the country's troubles. That is not to say that foreign threats are not severe and ongoing. On July 19, Putin warned NATO “against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia,” claiming it would have negative consequences for member…
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Venezuela is Now a Dictatorship

Less than 20 countries worldwide have recognized the re-election of Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s president. Fewer than half of Venezuela’s registered voters participated in the South American country’s May 20 election, punishing a government they don’t support by simply not voting. Nevertheless, Nicolás Maduro was re-elected as president of…
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“Velvet Revolution” in Armenia Indicates a Stronger Russian-Armenian Relationship

Armenia isn’t likely to pivot away from it’s ties to Russia anytime soon. In the wake of former Armenian President and Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation on April 23, a shift in of policy might have been expected. However, new prime minister and protest leader of Armenia, Nikol Pashinian, was seen meeting with Russian president…
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Nicaragua protests threaten an authoritarian regime that looked like it might never fall

After a week of political protest in Nicaragua, at least 38 people – and possibly over 60 – are dead. President Daniel Ortega, whose government once seemed unshakable, has emerged weakened in the face of protesters demanding his ouster. Demonstrations first erupted on April 16 after the government announced social security reforms that would…
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