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North Korea: Unfolding Covid crisis amid Pyongyang’s heightened military provocation

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean The reclusive regime has conducted a record 16 missile tests so far in 2022, including its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch in five years, ratcheting up military provocation and tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, the country is also experiencing its first official Covid-19 outbreak despite …

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Discussing Lebanon’s upcoming Elections

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean This week join Valeria Scuto, our Middle East Analyst, along with Anastasia Chisholm and Rhiannon Phillips, our Associate Analysts for the Middle East and North Africa to discuss the upcoming elections in Lebanon. Lebanon’s elections this Sunday, 15 May, will take place amid a protracted economic crisis and persistent …

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China-Solomon Islands Security Cooperation Agreement

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean After much media speculation and diplomatic concerns, Beijing and Honiara finally confirmed the signing of a “Security Cooperation Agreement” last week. Although neither government has disclosed the content of the agreement, a draft leaked in March revealed the extent of proposed close cooperation on security and defence affairs, including …

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Presidential Election Threatens Government Stability and Counter-insurgency Efforts in Somalia

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean In this week’s podcast, join our Lead Middle East & Africa Analyst Eloise Scott, along with Benedict Manzin our Sub Sahara Africa Analyst, and Edie Lipton our Associate Analyst, as we discuss the presidential election in Somalia. With the majority of Somalia’s parliament now in place, pressure is building …

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Discussing Pakistan’s New Prime Minister and Government

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean Former opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif replaced Imran Khan as the new prime minister of Pakistan after a disrupted no-confidence motion over the weekend. However, Sharif will now face a set of pressing challenges such as protests by Khan and his supporters, and a debilitated economy while also having to …

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Discussing the French Presidential Elections

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean In this week’s podcast, join your host Liana Semchuk, our Lead Europe and Eurasia Analyst, along with Louis Cox-Brusseau, our Europe Analyst, and Zsofia Wolford, our Associate Europe Analyst to discuss the up and coming French Presidential Elections. The first round of France’s 2022 presidential elections will be held …

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Discussing the Religious Festivals Coming Up in the Middle East and North Africa

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean In this week’s podcast, join your host Valeria Scuto, our Middle East, North Africa and Turkey Analyst, along with Rhiannon Phillips and Anastasia Chisholm, our Associate Analysts, discuss the multiple religious festivities in the Middle East and North Africa regions taking place over the coming month, amid a significant …

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Discussing How the Ukraine Conflict Will Exacerbate Developing Humanitarian Crises and Empower Autocratic Governments in Africa

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean In this week’s podcast, join your host Eloise Scott, our Global Intelligence Manager, along with Benedict Manzin, our Sub Sahara Africa Analyst to discuss the increase in food and fuel prices due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how it will drive widespread inflation and increase strains on rising …

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Discussing Iran’s Missile Strikes on Iraq and the Risk of a Return to Tit-for-tat Hostilities Amid Stalled Nuclear Talks

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean In this week’s podcast, join your host Eloise Scott, our Global Intelligence Manager, along with Rhiannon Phillips, our Associate Analyst to discuss the missile strikes launched by Iran on 13 March on targets in the northern Kurdistan region of Iraq, with somewhat conflicting accounts of target-type and motive. Iranian …

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Discussing the South Korean Presidential Election

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean Voters in South Korea will head to the polls next Wednesday to elect their new head of state, as the constitution limits the incumbent President Moon Jae-in to a single five-year term. Despite the election being overshadowed by the escalating conflict in Ukraine and the associated fallout, this presidential …

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