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To mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizens violated the city’s COVID-19 public gathering restrictions to appear for a vigil in Victoria Park, the South China Morning Post reported June 4.
The growing global backlash against China's involvement in both the COVID-19 pandemic and Hong Kong's political crisis is fueling a new brand of "wolf warrior" diplomacy in Beijing based on a nationalistic Chinese movie. This more aggressive stance abroad exposes a sense of vulnerability in Beijing, and poses two potential
Russia's deepening support for the Libyan National Army (LNA) proves the Kremlin views LNA leader Khalifa Hifter as crucial to its greater North African and Mediterranean strategy, and could grant Moscow the upper hand in shaping the war-torn country's political future. The U.S. military, among others, recently released photos confirming
To protest Israel's aggressive annexation push, the Palestinian Authority is beginning to act on longstanding threats to cease coordination with Israeli authorities in the West Bank. On May 19, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to decades of security and intelligence cooperation with Israel and its main ally,
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States was ending its remaining sanctions waiver for Iran’s nuclear program that has allowed European, Russian and Chinese firms to work with Tehran on certain civilian projects, according to a May 27 release.
High debt and deficit levels will raise the risk of sovereign defaults, especially in Southern Europe, as high unemployment creates fertile ground for social unrest and political extremism across the currency area.
By slashing demand for foreign labor, the global economic fallout from COVID-19 will deprive Gulf countries of some of the highly skilled workers needed to grow and diversify their oil-dependent economies.
The U.S. government on May 21 informed its allies of intention to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies. The continued abandonment of arms control treaties is both an indicator and a driver of reduced trust and cooperation between the United States and Russia.
With awareness of China's rising power heightened amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the United States forging ahead to counterbalance it, the rimlands of Eurasia will once again find themselves stuck in the middle.
The Islamic State may have faded from international headlines, but the group remains a potent threat capable of returning with force in its core territory. Since beginning its initial resurgence in Iraq during 2011, the Islamic State has morphed from a local insurgent group to a global movement, with branches that have
In a May 13 op-ed penned to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, warned that if the U.N. Security Council did not vote to extend its arms embargo on Tehran before it expires on Oct. 18, the White House would trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran.