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Teresa Nogueira Pinto
The signs are accumulating that President Alexander Lukashenko's days as the ruler of Belarus are numbered. His present pro-Western tilt is a desperate attempt to rescue an economy in free fall. Since the opposition is too weak to bring him down, the main question is whether Mr. Lukashenko will be done in by Russia – or by his own associates.
Dr. Pawel Kowal
Turkey’s savage crackdown
after the failed July 16 coup has imperiled its ties with the EU and NATO. The
main beneficiary is Russia, where Vladimir Putin has long managed problems
similar to those faced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Since Thailand’s May 2014 coup, China’s influence in the country has increased at the expense of Bangkok’s long-standing alliance with the United States. China’s success is rooted in its nonideological foreign policy, as well as increasing economic and political leverage. Looking forward, economic, historical, cultural, geographic and political factors all favor a deepening of the Sino-Thai partnership.