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Geopolitics / International

China’s Energy Influence Is Growing In Emerging Markets

Apr 14, 2023 at 09:49 | Haley Zaremba

“China has become the center of gravity for global energy markets,” Barron’s proclaimed in September of 2020. What Barron’s didn’t know is that over the next few…

Russia’s Growing Influence In Latin America

Apr 14, 2023 at 09:46 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russia’s war against Ukraine has diverted observers’ attention away from its policies in Latin America. While the blockade of the Black Sea and ensuing weaponization of both Russian and Ukrainian…

Putin’s Digital Disconnect: A Leader Without A Smartphone

Apr 14, 2023 at 09:20 | The Jamestown Foundation

Decision-making in the Kremlin had been so erratic—even before the re-invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022—that the proposition of President Vladimir Putin inhabiting a bubble of servile courtiers and…

Lula Seeks To Revive Brazilian Foreign Policy Through Peace Diplomacy

Apr 14, 2023 at 09:14 | RFE/RL staff

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva kicked off a state visit to China in the country's financial hub of Shanghai as he seeks to position himself as…

Shifting Trade Flows Create Logistical Problems In Central Asia

Apr 13, 2023 at 09:53 | Eurasianet

When the flow of Western goods to Russia was choked in the wake of the Ukraine invasion, attention turned to Central Asia. In part by funneling goods through Kazakhstan and…

Tech Tensions Heat Up Between China And The U.S.

Apr 05, 2023 at 10:34 | The Jamestown Foundation

U.S.-China relations appear headed for further deterioration despite the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) efforts to lure back American multinationals and Beijing’s relatively limited support for Russia in its war…

The Battle For Energy Influence In Central Asia

Apr 05, 2023 at 10:28 | The Jamestown Foundation

In February 2023, Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced an energy package valued at over $1 billion to ease the country’s heating and electricity needs (Tashkent Times, February…

Arms Deals Bring Russia And Iran Closer, But Will The Relationship Last?

Apr 03, 2023 at 10:32 | RFE/RL staff

When Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited Moscow in early 2022, he had high hopes of leaving with defense deals that would circumvent international sanctions and take advantage of the expiration…

Kyrgyzstan Ramps Up Power Purchases From Russia

Mar 31, 2023 at 10:53 | Eurasianet

A senior energy official in Kyrgyzstan has said that the government is poised to reach an agreement with Russia to import 875 million kilowatt hours of power in 2023-24, an…

Russia Launches Disinformation Campaign As NATO Gains Strength

Mar 30, 2023 at 11:01 | The Jamestown Foundation

On March 23, the historic process of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) enlargement passed a critical milestone as Finnish President Sauli Niinistö signed into law legislation on accession to the…

China's Growing Arctic Ambitions Spell Trouble For Russia

Mar 29, 2023 at 10:39 | The Jamestown Foundation

At the recent summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he was ready to establish a joint Chinese-Russian working group to develop the Northern Sea Route…

Everything You Need To Know About The Guyana-Venezuela Border Dispute

Mar 27, 2023 at 10:48 | Matthew Smith

ExxonMobil’s swathe of world-class oil discoveries in offshore Guyana, estimated to contain over 11 billion barrels of oil, has captured the world’s attention. This includes considerable scrutiny from…

Why Moscow Is Racing To Modernize Its Missile Defense System

Mar 24, 2023 at 12:19 | The Jamestown Foundation

On March 22, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu declared that Russia will complete the modernization of the missile defense system around Moscow by the end of 2023.…

The Real Reason Xi Jinping Is Making A Long-Term Bet On Putin

Mar 23, 2023 at 11:01 | RFE/RL staff

Chinese leader Xi Jinping finished up a high-profile, three-day visit to Moscow that could have consequences for the future direction of the war in Ukraine. But as I reported 

Xi To Discuss China’s Peace Plan For Ukraine During Moscow Meeting With Putin

Mar 21, 2023 at 09:11 | Michael Kern

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have commenced talks in Moscow, amid concerns over Putin's deepening international isolation due to Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. …

King Of Saudi Arabia Invites Iranian President For Historic Visit

Mar 20, 2023 at 09:41 | ZeroHedge

After striking their historic peace deal which was mediated by China in Beijing over a week ago, Iran and Saudi Arabia continue to make strikes toward full normalization of ties,…

Caspian Sea Trade is Booming Between Russia And Iran

Mar 17, 2023 at 10:34 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the opening of a north-south trade route between the Russian Federation and the Indian Ocean via Iran a priority for more than a decade.…

What’s Behind China’s Historic Iran-Saudi Arabia Peace Deal?

Mar 15, 2023 at 10:09 | RFE/RL staff

A surprise deal brokered by China to reestablish diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia has paved the way for Beijing to expand its influence in the Middle East and…

Tensions Mount Between Azerbaijan And Iran

Mar 15, 2023 at 09:47 | Eurasianet

Azerbaijan's strained relations with Iran aren't getting any better. Baku has sent two protest notes to Tehran in recent days.   On March 11, Azerbaijan's foreign and defense ministries said in…

Relations Sour Between China And Russia As Ukraine War Continues

Mar 15, 2023 at 09:07 | The Jamestown Foundation

The Russian army’s ongoing struggle to capture Bakhmut might appear to be primarily a tactical episode in the larger geo-strategic picture of Russia’s war against Ukraine.…

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