China Denies Plans to Build Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

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by Joshua Kucera China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border for the Afghan armed forces. But Afghan security officials have confirmed the original report, and offered additional details of the secretive… Continue Reading  

A Letter from America

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by Robert E. Hunter Where is America going at the start of President Donald Trump’s second year in office? Answering this question is particularly difficult because so few reliable sources of information exist in the United States. It is not… Continue Reading  

US and Pakistan: A Bumpy Ride

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by Alia Ahmed Pakistan-US relations, buffeted and bruised by the periodic bluster of Donald Trump and his cabinet colleagues throughout 2017, witnessed a first, albeit hazy, sign of abatement when Acting Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Alice Wells visited Islamabad… Continue Reading  

Korean Peninsula: From Fire and Fury to Freeze-for-Freeze

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by the International Crisis Group The risk of catastrophic war on the Korean peninsula is higher than at any time in recent history. The “maximum pressure” strategy the U.S. has pursued in response to North Korea’s weapons tests could badly… Continue Reading  

Korean Peninsula: In the Line of Fire and Fury

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by the International Crisis Group The threat of nightmarish war on the Korean peninsula is higher than at any time in recent history. As the pace of North Korea’s nuclear and missile testing increased throughout 2017, so too did the… Continue Reading