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The Chinese government must have expected that its trouble-bag of an ally, North Korea’s strongman Kim Jong-un, would pull some attention-grabbing stunt on the occasion of the Chinese and Korean New Year, which started on February 8 this year. Perhaps that was the reason why Wu Dawei, the Chinese foreign ministry special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs,...
As Russia sinks deeper into economic crisis, the political games being played in that country have become increasingly alarming and difficult to interpret. The latest is a series of pointed threats against the political opposition, issued by Ramzan Kadyrov, the hardline leader of Chechnya. What is Mr. Kadyrov playing at, what does he hope to gain, and why does the ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund