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(Iran/West) Iran and the West: The Perennial Challenge (Manara Magazine)

The most consistent feature of the contemporary Middle East has been and continues to be Iran’s role in regional crises.

Iran and the West: The Perennial Challenge

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(DR Congo/West/Cobalt) The Cost of Cobalt (Al Jazeera)

Is the West’s growing appetite for cobalt, a metal vital for electric cars, causing birth defects in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/people-power/2021/4/1/the-cost-of-cobalt

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(Russia/China/West) Russia Finds Itself Marginalized Between China and a Reuniting West (The Jamestown Foundation)

The foreboding in Moscow of a new escalation of tensions with the West has given way to feelings of almost disappointing anticlimax.

https://jamestown.org/program/russia-finds-itself-marginalized-between-china-and-a-reuniting-west/

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(Egypt/China/West) The competition for Egypt: China, the West, and megaprojects (Al Jazeera)

Building boom under way as President el-Sisi seeks to modernise and transform the Middle East’s most populous country.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/15/the-competition-for-egypt-china-the-west-and-mega-projects
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(Huawei/China/USA/West) The Huawei challenge, then and now (AEI)

Claude Barfield

It has been a full decade since I first began to analyze the implications of Huawei’s rise in this long paper.

The Huawei challenge, then and now

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(Russia/West/Donbas) Escalating Russian-Western Tensions Are Reflected in Confrontation in Donbas (The Jamestown Foundation)

In a high-profile interview with Rossiya state TV, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Moscow is ready to “sever relations with the European Union.”

https://jamestown.org/program/escalating-russian-western-tensions-are-reflected-in-confrontation-in-donbas/

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(Russia/West) How Russia and the West try to weaken each other (Nicu Popescu, ECFR)

The West and Russia are both worse off for their efforts to try to weaken each other. This competition will only end when one side feels it is losing the race.

How Russia and the West try to weaken each other

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(Russia/West) West’s actions against Russia indicate profound crisis of its ideology – Russian diplomat (TASS)

This crisis is dangerous because it threatens sovereignty of many nations, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted

https://tass.com/politics/1248341

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(Russia/West/Alexey Navalny) What the Navalny Arrest Means for Russia and the West (Mark Episkopos, The National Interest)

Overt Western threats in the Navalny affair risk having a paradoxical effect on Russian civil society: with every subsequent demand from Brussels or Washington, leniency on Navalny is further tarred with the politically toxic brush of Western appeasement.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/what-navalny-arrest-means-russia-and-west-176666

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WEST/CHINA – Global Strategy 2021: An Allied Strategy for China (Matthew Kroenig and Jeffrey Cimmino, Atlantic Council)

This paper benefited from discussions in the Atlantic Council’s
Strategy Consortium, a forum that brings together strategists
from diverse sectors—think tanks, academia, government, and the
private sector—to discuss the key security issues facing the United
States and its allies. The primary purpose of the Strategy Consortium is to create an ecosystem of strategists from diverse sectors who, by working together over time, can build a body of strategy work and promote strategy development and strategic thinking more generally.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Global-Strategy-2021%E2%80%94An-Allied-Strategy-for-China-FINAL-VERSION-12.17.pdf