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Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, Sept. 26, 2014 in Beijing, China (AP photo by Feng Li).

Defying Predictions, China Manages Slowdown to Avoid Social Shocks

By Iain Mills
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Since coming to power, the current Chinese government has steadily managed down expectations of future growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Strikingly, however, despite what might be described as an industrial hard landing, job creation and income growth remain remarkably robust. more


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Algeria’s Slow March Toward Nuclear Energy

By The Editors
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Earlier this month, Algeria and Russia signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal. In an email interview, Bruno Tertrais, senior research fellow at the Paris-based Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, discussed Algeria’s nuclear program. more

Strategic Posture Review: South Korea

By Richard Weitz
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As a fully democratic and developed country, South Korea has realized its aspirations to become a major international player. Nonetheless, the persistent threat from North Korea, along with the challenge of having three of the world’s most powerful countries as neighbors, continues to constrain South Korea.

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Waiting for Disruption: The Western Sahara Stalemate

By Jacob Mundy
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The Western Sahara conflict is fast approaching its 40th anniversary with no end in sight. A web of geopolitical interests keeps the conflict in a permanent state of limbo. Therein lies the paradox: The peace process now exists to contain the conflict, but only a crisis will save Western Sahara. more

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China Tries to Rebuild Regional Trust With Maritime Silk Road

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In an email interview, Geoffrey Wade, visiting fellow at the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific, discussed the objectives of China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative, the partners involved and the challenges facing its implementation. more

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Cuban Import Restrictions Highlight Dilemma of Economic Reform

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Last week, Cuba announced significant restrictions on the number of goods travelers can bring into the country. In an email interview, William LeoGrande, professor of government in the School of Public Affairs at American University, discussed the recent Cuban import restrictions. more