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The Ukraine War Has Transformed Global Grain Trade

The Ukraine War Has Transformed Global Grain Trade

Ukraine's grain exports, redirected by…

Geopolitics / International

Putin Meets With Xi Jinping As Sanctions Weigh on Russian Economy

May 16, 2024 at 08:51 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China for a two-day state visit where he’s set to press Chinese leader Xi Jinping for more support to sustain his country’s…

North Korean-Iranian Military Cooperation Raises Alarm in the West

May 15, 2024 at 09:20 | RFE/RL staff

Iran and North Korea have a long history of working together to advance their respective military arsenals. Now, increased trade efforts between the two heavily sanctioned…

Putin's Cabinet Shakeup Reflects Shift in Strategy As Ukraine War Persists

May 14, 2024 at 09:42 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched his fifth term with a rare shake-up of the government that analysts say is driven by the need to manage a long…

EU Unleashes Sweeping Sanctions Against Moscow and Minsk

May 13, 2024 at 09:37 | RFE/RL staff

On May 8, the European Commission presented a new round of sanctions on Russia and Belarus to the ambassadors of the European Union member states. The proposal, seen…

U.S. Leverages Saudi-Israeli Relations to Isolate Iran

May 10, 2024 at 09:43 | RFE/RL staff

The United States wants to force a gradual shift in Iran’s “decision-making calculus” by signing a defense deal with Saudi Arabia and securing the normalization of relations between…

Xi's Euro Trip Showcases Beijing's Expanding Influence

May 10, 2024 at 09:26 | RFE/RL staff

While Xi’s trip dealt with everything from trade ties with the European Union to China’s relationship with Russia amid the war in Ukraine, the tour can be boiled…

U.S. Continues to Tighten Grip on Russia's Military and Industrial Sectors

May 06, 2024 at 09:24 | RFE/RL staff

The U.S. Treasury Department on May 1 imposed new sanctions on hundreds of companies and people tied to Russia's weapons development program as part of its continuing effort…

Azerbaijan Feels the Heat as U.S. House Considers Sanctions

Apr 30, 2024 at 09:56 | Eurasianet

Azerbaijan has spent much of the past half-year thumbing its nose at the United States and European Union over Western criticism of Baku’s authoritarian political practices. But it…

China-Kazakhstan Trade Hits Record High

Apr 30, 2024 at 09:50 | RFE/RL staff

"You and I are not just driving along any road, we are driving along the great Silk Road," Ertugan, the driver who is taking me east toward the…

David Cameron Heads to Central Asia to Reinforce Western Influence

Apr 29, 2024 at 09:27 | RFE/RL staff

The pictures didn't necessarily say a thousand words, but they might have gotten at least that many laughs. One showed British Foreign Secretary David Cameron bursting…

Azerbaijan is Quietly Playing a Key Role in Russia's Economic Plans

Apr 25, 2024 at 10:04 | RFE/RL staff

When the presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia met on April 22 at the Kremlin, it wasn't Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine, or Iran that took center stage. It was the 50th…

What to Expect From Xi Jinping's Upcoming Eurotrip

Apr 24, 2024 at 09:23 | RFE/RL staff

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will visit Hungary, Serbia, and France on a high-profile tour in early May, marking his first trip to Europe since the…

Ukraine Looks to Turn the Tide Against Russia with Fresh U.S. Aid

Apr 23, 2024 at 09:36 | RFE/RL staff

The impending $60 billion aid package for Ukrainian in the United States is not coming a moment too soon. The situation on the front has been so dire…

Armenia and Azerbaijan Engulfed in Legal Disputes at the Hague

Apr 22, 2024 at 09:24 | Eurasianet

Armenia and Azerbaijan are engaged in a convoluted peace process in the Caucasus. But they are still tangled in a bitter fight in The Hague. Over…

Could the Conflict Between Iran and Israel Turn Nuclear?

Apr 22, 2024 at 09:19 | RFE/RL staff

If Iran decides to respond to a suspected Israeli strike on its territory on April 19, it might not have to pull its punches like it did the…

Is a Full-Blown Trade War Between the U.S. and China Looming?

Apr 22, 2024 at 09:17 | ZeroHedge

By John Liu, Zhu Lin and Abhishek Vishnoi, Bloomberg Markets Live reporters and strategists China’s most promising industries are facing a growing threat of trade restrictions from Western…

The Great Game Returns to Central Asia

Apr 19, 2024 at 09:38 | Eurasianet

The Great Game is playing out once again in Central Asia, but it is getting a new name and adopting a different set of rules. Economics, not politics,…

Putin Looks To Capitalize As West Diverts Attention From Ukraine

Apr 18, 2024 at 09:51 | RFE/RL staff

After several hours of silence following Iran’s unprecedented missile-and-drone attack on Israel, Russia issued its first formal reaction: The Foreign Ministry voiced…

Arab Nations Act Against Iran-Israel Escalation

Apr 18, 2024 at 09:45 | RFE/RL staff

As the world anxiously awaited the outcome of Iran's large-scale attack against Israel, some Arab countries had already taken steps to blunt its impact. When the…

EU Sanctions on Russia Face Legal Challenges

Apr 17, 2024 at 09:16 | RFE/RL staff

It is fair to say that the European Union's sanctions regime against Russia has had a bit of a wobble in recent weeks, particularly with regard to the…

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