Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and then U.S Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands in Beijing on December 4, 2013.
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There are fears that escalating US-Chinese tensions could threaten the independence of African and other nonaligned nations.
Former American President Jimmy Carter.
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The motivations for Carter’s interest in Africa are deeply personal. His record should remind all democrats, including those in Africa, to hold leaders accountable to high ethical standards.
Former American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 2019.
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He failed to understand that the struggle for justice and freedom in southern Africa was changing the world - and diplomacy itself.
The Wagner Group has become a tool to further Russian objectives in Africa without attracting the scrutiny that regular military units would.
The Chinese spy balloon flies over Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Feb. 4, 2023.
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Espionage routinely plays out between countries like the US and China. But a public spectacle like the Chinese spy balloon can change the game.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, center, arrives at a military camp in Quezon City, Philippines, on Feb. 2, 2023.
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The agreement lets the US expand its access across military bases in the Philippines, unfolding a new chapter in the countries’ long military history.
US Abrams and Polish-owned German Leopard 2 tanks in exercises in Oland, May 2022.
If the west fulfils its promise to supply 300 modern main battle tanks to Ukraine, it could be a gamechanger.
Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, celebrates her re-election to a U.S. Senate seat representing Nevada in November 2022.
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Democrats have ridden the West to presidential electoral success since 1992, reversing their poor performances from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Powerful politicians in the US once called for the dissolution of the CIA. How relevant is it today?
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The audio version of a long form article on the history of the CIA and its relationship with Russia.
Anger spills over in the streets of Beijing.
It started with the deaths of ten people in a locked-down apartment, but is not a widespread demonstration of unrest across CHina.
Bunker tourism in Prague with a display of children in gas masks inside of the Bezovka nuclear bunker.
Cold War-era bunkers in Prague have been repurposed as tourist sites and nightlife venues. With war in Ukraine bringing renewed nuclear threats, could these bunkers revert to their original purpose?
Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev, left, met with U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Vienna in 1961.
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The US and the Soviet Union never engaged in direct combat, but their influences were felt worldwide, including in armed conflicts involving other nations.
United nations or a return to new Cold War?
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The Cold War provided the US with strategic and defensive advantages; some politicians also used it to push their view of what it meant to be American.
Russia has long feared Nato’s expansion into eastern Europe.
Nato began its life as a purely defensive alliance against the Soviet Union. But has that role changed over the years?
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
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The global realignment triggered by the end of the Cold War and Gorbachev’s reforms ushered in a period of transition on the African continent.
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For over a decade, Putin has been systematically destroying Gorbachev’s historic achievements.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addresses a group of 150 business executives in San Francisco in June 1990.
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While Mikhail Gorbachev was feted in the West — he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 — he was widely despised in Russia by those both mourning and celebrating the end of Soviet power.
Liberator, failed reformer or architect of Soviet demise?
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Mikhail Gorbachev died at 91 on Aug. 30, 2022. A historian of the Soviet era assesses his impact and the consequences of his failed attempts to reform state socialism.
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo (R) during Macron’s visit in July 2022.
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Macron’s recent visits to Africa tell a story in which France is doing penance for its colonial crimes while trying to maintain influence gained through colonialism.
The decision is understandable, but it’s not without costs, both for Sweden and the wider world, especially in the longer term.