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Economics International

Only economic power can save Russia

In some ways, Russia seems to be drifting further away from the rest of the world, especially after a 6-month extension of European Union sanctions. Russia will have to tread carefully

Asia Pacific Economics

Yuan’s accession marks end to any containment of China

With the recent IMF decision to grant China’s currency the status of reserve currency, any attempts to “contain” China are over. China has taken a major step in confirming its

International Natural resources and energy

Turkey remains a strategic partner for the West

Turkey may be a better strategic partner than Russia to both the U.S. and Europe. Just as the Western Roman Empire could not survive without access to the riches of its

Asia Pacific Security

U.S. and Russia battle for the Asia Pacific

A long-term strategic game is being played out between the United States and Russia in the Asia Pacific, with China at the nexus.

Asia Pacific Security

The Kuril Islands: Power projection and resource protection

The Kuril Islands dispute between Russia and Japan is not so much noteworthy with respect to its past origins, but rather for what it portends for Russia’s future foreign policy