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European, Ukrainian and Russian officials announce the agreement of a gas deal, Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 30, 2014 (European Union photo).

Gas Deal, Election Are Hopeful Signs for Still-Chaotic Ukraine

By David Klion
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Yesterday, Russia and Ukraine reached a gas deal after months of tense negotiations against the backdrop of violence. The agreement took place just days after Ukraine’s snap parliamentary elections, which showed surprisingly robust support for pro-European parties. But many challenges remain. more


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Australia Successfully Balances Strategic Ties With China, U.S.

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Earlier this month, Australian, U.S. and Chinese troops took part in a survival training exercise in northern Australia. In an email interview, Benjamin Schreer, senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, discussed Australia’s military and strategic partnerships. more

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Iran Keeps Longstanding Ties With Horn of Africa to Outflank Rivals

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While Iran is normally seen as a regional power, its influence extends beyond the Middle East. In an email interview, Jeffrey Lefebvre, associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, discussed Iran’s relations with countries in the Horn of Africa. more