Qatar Exits OPEC

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  Bottom Line Up Front Qatar’s withdrawal from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is strongly correlated to Doha’s ongoing rift with the cartel’s dominant member,...

A Gathering Arms Race Between Great Powers

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  Bottom Line Up Front On December 04, NATO formally accused Russia of being in violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Since 2014, the U.S. claims that Russia has...

The Continuing Slide Toward Authoritarianism in Hungary

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  Bottom Line Up Front The Central European University, a well-respected academic institution established at the end of the Cold War, is being forced to leave Hungary. The move follows two...

Costs and Consequences of Counterterrorism

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  Bottom Line Up Front The U.K. Parliament has issued a report detailing shortcomings with how its security services handled five terrorism cases in 2017. The challenges came not in the...

Trump and Xi Meet at G-20 Amidst Deteriorating China-U.S. Relations

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  Bottom Line Up Front On December 1, President Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina. The meeting comes at a crucial time for the Sino-U.S....

Trying to Feed Civilians While Starving Terrorists of Funds

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  Bottom Line Up Front According to its Office of the Inspector General, a top priority for USAID in 2019 is reforming its projects in Syria. The aid agency is attempting to help care for...

Consequences of the ‘Ever-Nearing,’ ‘Never-Clearing’ Brexit Negotiations

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  Bottom Line Up Front On December 11, the British Parliament will vote on a ‘finalized’ deal for exiting the European Union (EU). The deal is two parts—a lengthy legally-binding...

Sanctioning Hezbollah

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  Bottom Line Up Front Hezbollah’s emergence as Iran’s key regional proxy has prompted additional U.S. efforts to choke off the terror group’s finances. Sanctions will likely be...

A Dramatic Escalation Between Russia and Ukraine

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  Bottom Line Up Front After months of increasing restrictions, Russia recently blockaded the Sea of Azov at the Kerch Strait, denying Ukrainian ships the ability to enter. Russia fired upon...

Terrorism Trends in Central Asia

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  Bottom Line Up Front Despite being well-known for producing high numbers of foreign fighters, Central Asian countries, especially Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, have been mostly spared from...