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Geopolitics

Retaliation Looms After Iran Bombings

Jan 05, 2024 at 03:45 | Editorial Dept

While Israel is now withdrawing forces from Gaza under pressure to pursue lower-level combat operations, external incidents continue to escalate from Lebanon and Iraq to the Red Sea…

China in 2024: Economic Trials and Geopolitical Maneuvering

Jan 04, 2024 at 07:41 | RFE/RL staff

It’s that time again. As a new year begins, here’s a look ahead at the big things that I’m following for the upcoming year for China across Eurasia.…

Beijing's Bid For Influence in the Global South

Jan 03, 2024 at 07:39 | RFE/RL staff

For Chinese Ambassador to the EU Fu Cong, the Israel-Hamas war laid bare the West’s double standards and how Beijing sees it falling out of touch with the…

Central Asia’s Delicate Dance Around Russian Sanctions

Jan 02, 2024 at 07:10 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are walking a geopolitical tightrope when it comes to international sanctions against Russia, striving to please both the Kremlin and the West. Kazakhstan seems to…

Oil-Rich Essequibo Region at Center of Guyana-Venezuela Strife

Dec 29, 2023 at 11:13 | Josh Owens

The UK has condemned what it has termed as the "unjustified" actions of Venezuela after Caracas sent more than  5,600 armed forces personnel to participate in a military exercise…

Kyiv and Other Cities Targeted in Massive Russian Attack

Dec 29, 2023 at 10:24 | Alex Kimani

Russia has launched what officials have described as the “most massive aerial attack” yet on Ukraine, leaving scores dead and dozens of buildings…

China Surpasses Russia as Top Trade Partner in Central Asia

Dec 29, 2023 at 07:59 | Eurasianet

China has eclipsed Russia as the main trade partner of all five Central Asian states, according to official statistics. Kazakhstan is the most recent Central Asian country to…

Africa Becomes a Focal Point in Russia's Global Strategy

Dec 29, 2023 at 07:46 | RFE/RL staff

When Wagner mercenary force founder Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a fiery plane crash in August, exactly two months after leading a rebellion that challenged President Vladimir Putin’s…

Will Saudi Arabia Benefit from Chaos in The Middle East

Dec 28, 2023 at 03:41 | Editorial Dept

Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict - The Houthi attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea have continued throughout the week, and the U.S. announcement of the deployment of an international…

Maduro's Play

Dec 28, 2023 at 03:31 | Editorial Dept

While the world is now focused squarely on Israel-Gaza and Yemen’s Houthi attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea due to the concrete nature of these actions, the market…

In Show of Support, UK Deploys Warship To Guyana

Dec 26, 2023 at 02:56 | ZeroHedge

While the recent panic over the risk of a Venezuela invasion of its neighbor Guyana may have come and gone, some (former) global superpowers are not taking…

Armenia Considers Departure from Russia-Led Military Bloc

Dec 22, 2023 at 08:51 | Eurasianet

Armenia's possible exit from the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is being discussed more and more actively as differences grow between Yerevan and Moscow. Many…

Armenia-Russia Sign Key Deal for Metsamor Nuclear Plant Modernization

Dec 21, 2023 at 09:53 | Eurasianet

On December 15, Armenia and Russia signed a contract on modernizing and extending the lifespan of Armenia's Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) until…

China Explores Major Infrastructure Projects in Caspian Ports

Dec 20, 2023 at 08:45 | Eurasianet

A Chinese company, Shipbuilding Industry Corp., is exploring the possibility of building container facilities at the Kazakh port cities of Aktau and Kuryk,…

Turkey Uses Sweden's NATO Bid as Leverage in International Deals

Dec 20, 2023 at 08:20 | ZeroHedge

It's now widely perceived that Turkey will continue holding up final formal approval for Sweden's entry into NATO as retaliation for the West's support for Israel as it…

EU Leaders Agree on Enlargement but Stall on Ukraine Funding

Dec 19, 2023 at 08:04 | RFE/RL staff

The EU summit on December 14-15 brought good and bad news for Ukraine. Before the summit, most diplomats I spoke to thought it would be easier to agree…

Iranian Cities Overwhelmed by Influx of Climate Migrants

Dec 18, 2023 at 08:24 | RFE/RL staff

Record temperatures, prolonged droughts, and the drying up of rivers and lakes are displacing tens of thousands of Iranians each year, experts say. Many of the…

Azerbaijan and Armenia Discuss border amid Stagnant Peace Talks

Dec 07, 2023 at 09:11 | Eurasianet

Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to discuss the delimitation of their mutual borders as part of wider talks on a peace treaty that show little sign of progress.  On…

U.S. Widens Sanctions On Iran’s Energy Network That Is Key To Funding Terrorism

Dec 05, 2023 at 14:35 | Simon Watkins

From the imposition of the first major international sanctions against its energy sector following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has been developing a vast network through which it continues to…

Putin Makes Rare Trip Abroad With Visit To Saudi Arabia, UAE

Dec 05, 2023 at 09:15 | RFE/RL staff

In a rare trip abroad as an international arrest warrant hangs over him, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on December 6 before…

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