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Asia Pacific Security

Taiwan’s new government must tread lightly

Recently, Beijing has warned Taiwan about the passage of a proposed law that could jeopardise the fragile balance between the two sides. While President-elect Tsai will take office in less

North America Politics

Canada’s refugee processing outpaced by public demand

Canada is seeking to fast track refugee processing, as it faces a backlog of more than 10,000 private sponsorship offers as public support outpaces the government’s resettlement efforts. Canada to

Security South and Central Asia

India reinforces regional naval primacy

India has shifted its strategic focus from the army to navy, seeking to counter potential Chinese encirclement and secure maritime energy routes. India has recently emphasized the role that its

North America Politics

The Ides of March primaries and likely nominees

In the wake of the May 15 primaries most pundits hold that the die is cast in favor of Clinton and Trump. This is assessment is a bit rushed since

North America Technology and infrastructure

Apple vs. FBI: An open door is not selective

In this debate, GRI asked who is right, Apple or the US government. Eileen Filmus argues for Apple, saying that the FBI-Apple case has reignited a national debate over the

Asia Pacific Security

Why more UN sanctions on North Korea won’t matter

Competing global interests and North Korea’s economic isolation make UN sanctions ineffective as Pyongyang continues as it always does, and deja vu reigns. Last week, the United Nations Security Council

Asia Pacific Security

3 Myths about Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions

China has been accused of stoking regional tensions in the South China Sea. However, China’s grievances in the dispute have often been misinterpreted – for Beijing, the South China Sea

Europe Security

Bleak Outlook at Munich Security Conference

Displaying a level of pessimism which surpassed even last year’s conference, attendees at the Munich Security Conference 2016 last week were forced to reckon with the consequences stemming from the

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

3 reasons why Saudi Arabia will keep oil prices low

Despite a tentative agreement struck last week to freeze oil production, Saudi Arabia is likely to keep oil prices low for the foreseeable future. Last week Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar,

Middle East/North Africa Security

US-Russia negotiated ceasefire in Syria unlikely to succeed

The US-Russia ceasefire framework for Syria does not adequately rein in the Assad regime, as double standards and linguisitic loopholes abound. A guest post by Syrian journalist Abdulrahman al-Masri. The