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The U.S. and Japan Should Cooperate on Climate and Energy in the Middle East

A joint investment plan could jumpstart regional economic diversification, the lack of which is a problem in most countries in the Middle East. As a result, these countries’ economic prosperity is almost entirely reliant on the market for one or a few products, most notably oil.

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Asia Defense & Security Diplomacy & International Relations Pakistan Relgion

The Trials of Pakistan’s New Security Approach

Pakistan’s political stalemate is built upon months of internal security threats and scrutiny from the international community over Prime Minister Khan’s courtship with Russia and his endorsement of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan War Asia Diplomacy & International Relations History Terrorism

“A Profound Moral Obligation”

Biden’s Responsibility to Afghan Refugees Dates Back to Vietnam

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Asia China Climate Change Explainers

Southeast Asia Must Dispose of the World’s Waste Crisis

Southeast Asian states have the opportunity to effect a paradigm shift in the global waste trade.

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Asia China Diplomacy & International Relations Politics & Government US

How China Uses “Promise Diplomacy” to Get What It Wants 

The Chinese government is showing particular interest in Afghanistan and Syria, two states in which China sees ample opportunities and dire economic needs that it can exploit.

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Asia Diplomacy & International Relations Europe & Eurasia Explainers

Maximalist Expectations & Armenophobia make a Long-Term Solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Unlikely 

Given the centrality of the state in people’s lives in both countries, the reset of relations must come from the top. Regime change in both countries is indispensable for the real steps to peace and final settlement of the conflict to be taken.

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Asia China Diplomacy & International Relations Editor's Picks Politics & Government US

The U.S. needs Southeast Asia to be Independent from China

China not only accounts for a sizable portion of ASEAN countries’ imports and exports, but it also has a strong military presence in the South China Sea and has shown an impressive commitment to face-to-face diplomacy throughout the ongoing pandemic.

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Asia China Defense & Security

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Trials and Tribulations of Confronting China’s Weaponization of Water in Southeast Asia

Chinese construction of hydropower dams along the Mekong River has been labeled the “next South China Sea” as a catalyst for conflict.

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Asia globalization Human Rights Women

Malala did not Solve Pakistani Women’s Literary Crisis

Nearly a decade following worldwide media coverage of Malala’s activism for women’s right to education, Pakistan’s road to a more accessible & equitable education for female students has remained stagnant, showcasing the varied factors holding Pakistan from forging ahead.

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Asia China Defense & Security Maritime Politics & Government Security

The U.S. Needs to Rethink its Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea

The Chinese Maritime Militia, dubbed the ‘little blue men’, signifies Beijing’s vision of a maritime ‘people’s war’ where civilian and military structures are integrated in a Maoist fashion that sees the social sphere as intimately connected to the military industrial complex.