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High-Profile Naval Visit Belies China’s Low-Profile Approach to Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the opening ceremony at the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai, China, May 21, 2014 (AP photo by Aly Song).
By Richard Weitz
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Two Chinese warships paid a port call to Iran over the weekend ahead of a four-day joint naval exercise with the Iranian navy this week. The visit highlights China’s ties with Iran, at a time when the outcome of international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program remains uncertain. 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

How Latin America Can Maximize its Shale Gas Potential

By Eric Farnsworth
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Thanks to technological advances, shale gas is revolutionizing the world’s energy landscape. The size of reserves within the Western Hemisphere in particular provides the region with an enviable opportunity for leadership in global shale gas. But Latin America still has work to do to maximize its energy potential. The natural resources clearly exist; fully developing shale remains a matter of political will. more

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Brazil Plane Crash Spawns Two-Woman Presidential Race

By Frida Ghitis
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The life story of Brazil’s Marina Silva is so unlikely that she explains key moments by divine intervention. Among the most dramatic and potentially life-changing of all unlikely turns came last week, when a private plane in which she was supposed to be traveling crashed, killing Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and suddenly turning her into a formidable contender for the presidency of Brazil. more