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China Steps up Speed of Oil Stockpiling as Tensions Mount in Asia

China Steps up Speed of Oil Stockpiling as Tensions Mount in Asia

| May 18, 2014

Beijing has ordered an “unprecedented” build-up of oil reserves as West prepares for possible oil sanctions against Russia.

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In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

| May 17, 2014

When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.

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China and the Age of Contempt

China and the Age of Contempt

| May 15, 2014

The United States’ allies in Asia needed reassurance from Washington that, despite missteps in Syria and Ukraine, it was serious about defending the political and economic order in Asia. But reassuring allies also means demonstrating U.S. intent and capability to stand up to China’s revanchism.

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He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East

He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East

| May 1, 2014

Under Barack Obama’s leadership, in almost every square inch of the Middle East, the strategic position of the United States has decayed. And the region itself is far worse off than it was when he took office.

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Abbas Embraces the Islamists

Abbas Embraces the Islamists

| April 24, 2014

The superficial unity deal—between rival Palestinian factions that thoroughly loathe each other—was the PA leader’s latest act of willful weakness. It’s bad news for everyone bar the extremists.

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Obama’s Post-Cold War ‘Bizarro World’ Foreign Policies

Obama’s Post-Cold War ‘Bizarro World’ Foreign Policies

| April 24, 2014

The new global order unfolding has the look of disorder.

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The Inconvenience of History

The Inconvenience of History

| April 23, 2014

Ukraine: Obama abandons another country to its fate.

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The Problem With the New Isolationism

The Problem With the New Isolationism

| April 23, 2014

Power, like nature, abhors a vacuum. If the United States scales back its presence on the international scene, others will step up to fill the gap.

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Obama’s Foreign Policy ‘Flexibility’ Seen as Weakness

Obama’s Foreign Policy ‘Flexibility’ Seen as Weakness

| April 23, 2014

US adversaries are watching the timid response in Ukraine.

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China Defies Obama’s Slow Asia Pivot with Rapid Military Buildup

China Defies Obama’s Slow Asia Pivot with Rapid Military Buildup

| April 22, 2014

President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia this week will be dominated by a country he’s not even visiting: China.

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