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Geopolitics / International

A Look Inside Iran’s Shadowy ‘Axis of Resistance’

Feb 20, 2024 at 08:23 | RFE/RL staff

Iran's so-called axis of resistance is a loose network of proxies, Tehran-backed militant groups, and an allied state actor. The network is a key element of…

Exxon Carries on Drilling Off Essequibo Despite Venezuela's Objections

Feb 16, 2024 at 09:38 | Editorial Dept

Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict -Ukraine said this week that it had destroyed a Russian warship off the coast of occupied Crimea, sinking the vessel with navy drones. This comes amid…

Starlink Terminals Are Falling Into the Hands of the Russian Military

Feb 16, 2024 at 06:31 | RFE/RL staff

Russian troops in Ukraine increasingly have access to Starlink, the private satellite Internet network owned by Elon Musk that Ukraine's military relies on heavily for battlefield communications. The findings from 

Uzbekistan's Trade Deficit with China Deepens

Feb 12, 2024 at 08:03 | Eurasianet

Uzbekistan wants to develop an “all-weather strategic partnership” with China. But trade statistics for 2023 indicate the developing relationship between Tashkent and Beijing is far from one of…

90,000 NATO Troops Mobilize in "Biggest Exercise" Since Cold War

Feb 12, 2024 at 07:55 | RFE/RL staff

In late January, NATO began what it has called its “largest military exercise since the Cold War.” Steadfast Defender 24 involves 90,000 troops from all 31…

Iran's Calculated Approach to Regional Tensions

Feb 09, 2024 at 09:43 | RFE/RL staff

Since Israel launched its war in the Gaza Strip, Iranian-backed militant groups have attacked Israeli and U.S. targets across the Middle East in a show of support for…

Kazakhstan Forges Water Management Pact with China and Uzbekistan

Feb 09, 2024 at 09:42 | Eurasianet

Water resource management is emerging as a top regional policy issue for Kazakhstan. In just one sign of the government’s growing concern, the Ministry for Water Resources and…

Japanese Shipping Giant: Global Supply Chain Disruptions Could Last Up to a Year

Feb 07, 2024 at 08:02 | ZeroHedge

President Biden's Operation Prosperity Guardian to shield commercial vessels in the Red Sea, along with US and UK bombing raids across the Middle East, have yet to stop…

Sweden Ends Probe into Nord Stream Sabotage Without Verdict

Feb 07, 2024 at 07:42 | RFE/RL staff

Sweden has ended its investigation into the explosions that rocked the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in 2022, saying it has no jurisdiction to proceed.

Ecuador on the Brink: Spiraling Violence Threatens National Stability

Feb 05, 2024 at 07:57 | Matthew Smith

Ecuador, a tiny South American country of around 18 million, stands on the precipice of disaster. The Andean country, once considered an island of peace in a violent region, has…

U.S. and Iran Locked in a Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

Feb 05, 2024 at 07:44 | RFE/RL staff

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said during a trip to an impoverished southern region that Tehran is not looking for military conflict but would respond forcefully to any…

China’s Diplomatic Gesture to Taliban Stirs International Debate

Feb 02, 2024 at 08:44 | RFE/RL staff

Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 30 formally accepted the credentials of the Taliban-appointed ambassador, becoming the first head of state to do so.

Red Sea Crisis Tests China’s Sway in the Middle East

Feb 01, 2024 at 08:22 | RFE/RL staff

U.S. officials have been asking China to urge Tehran to rein in Iran-backed Houthis, but according to the Financial Times, American officials say that they…

Biden Weighs Options Following Iran-Backed Militia Attack on U.S. Troops

Jan 30, 2024 at 07:43 | RFE/RL staff

Pressure is mounting on U.S. President Joe Biden to attack Iran directly after three U.S. troops were killed and more than 30 others injured in a drone attack…

Uzbekistan and China Eye $20 Billion in Bilateral Trade

Jan 26, 2024 at 08:02 | Eurasianet

Uzbekistan and China have set their sights on increasing their trade turnover to $20 billion “in the near future,” following high-level negotiations in Beijing

Uzbekistan Eyes Deepened Economic, Energy, and Security Ties with China

Jan 26, 2024 at 07:47 | RFE/RL staff

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev is in Beijing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for a high-profile state visit intended to lay the groundwork for strong ties between…

Turkey Greenlights Sweden's NATO Membership

Jan 24, 2024 at 07:58 | ZeroHedge

After nearly two years of delays, Turkey's parliament finally agreed to ratify Sweden's NATO membership bid on Tuesday, clearing the biggest remaining hurdle to expanding the Western military…

Iran-Pakistan Tensions Test Beijing's Diplomatic Prowess

Jan 23, 2024 at 08:02 | RFE/RL staff

Air strikes and diplomatic sparring between Iran and Pakistan have raised difficult questions for China and its influence in the region amid growing fears the upheaval sweeping across…

Lawmakers Call for Tighter Control on Foreign Purchase of U.S. Farmland

Jan 23, 2024 at 07:46 | ZeroHedge

The topic of China's ownership of US farmlands is starting to boil over. Six months after we reported that a "Bipartisan Bill Aims To Block Chinese…

Kyrgyzstan's Vehicle Reexport Boom Faces Headwinds

Jan 19, 2024 at 09:08 | RFE/RL staff

Businessman Yasir Hakimov is engaged in a trade that has become very fashionable in his home city of Bishkek the past two years -- reexporting cars from third…

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