China’s Bigger Economic Threat

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modico (photo by Sam Valadi via Flickr)

by Walden Bello Conventional wisdom holds that China is on the ascent and the United States is in decline, that China’s economy is roaring with raw energy and that Beijing’s “Belt and Road” mega-project of infrastructure building in Central, South,… Continue Reading  

Yemen: The Fate of Hodeida

Martin Griffith (UN photo by Manuel Elias)

by International Crisis Group The battle for Hodeida is reaching the point of no return. UAE-backed Yemeni forces are poised to begin operations to take this Red Sea port and city of 600,000 from Houthi rebels. This is the final,… Continue Reading  

Armenia: Anti-Corruption Purge

Nikol Pashinyan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Grigor Atanesian Armenia’s authorities have accelerated their campaign against officials in the former government with a series of anti-corruption arrests, heightening the battle between the new regime and the former elite. After Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister May… Continue Reading  

Iran Responds to U.S. Demands

Mohammad Javad Zarif (Wikimedia Commons)

by Mohammad Javad Zarif Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the third multilateral agreement that the current United States administration has withdrawn from. The administration has also put in… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia v. Morocco: Competing for the Mantle of Moderate Islam

Moroccan King Mohammed VI and Saudi King Salman

by James M. Dorsey Lurking in the background of a Saudi-Moroccan spat over World Cup hosting rights and the Gulf crisis is a more fundamental competition for the mantle of spearheading promotion of a moderate interpretation of Islam. It’s a competition in… Continue Reading