Foreign Affairs equals geopolitics

In a pattern largely overlooked by many, roughly half of the mainland members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are experiencing various degrees of regime change instability, with the asymmetrical warfare model presently active in Southern Africa closely resembling the one that was already applied in the neighboring “Global South” region of South America. […]

via Will The US Offensive Against Global South Hit South Africa? — Astute News

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Stud Poker as Statescraft

Eleven nations will formally enter into a new trade pact today designed to lower tariffs and bridge regulatory gaps around the Pacific rim, despite Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the deal last year. The deal, which we will call TPP-11 1, creates the third-largest trade zone in the world after the…

via Mexico and Canada just got more leverage in US trade negotiations — Quartz

The world is such a complicated place

A report by Bryan Miranda for Waging Non Violence. An emergency move from the Dutch government on Feb. 6 to dissolve the local authority of its Caribbean island, St. Eustatius, is bringing new urgency to the Statian struggle for decolonization. The power shuffle comes after a damning report from the national State Secretary accusing the administration […]

via Caribbean island seeks freedom after Dutch ‘colonial coup’ — Repeating Islands

The Internet, the New Frontier on Everything Murky

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has accused China of trying to recruit German officials via fake LinkedIn profiles. The Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) president Hans-Georg Maaßen said on Sunday that more than 10,000 workers in parliament, ministries, and government agencies had been approached by supposed Chinese professionals who appeared to work for reputable organizations, like think-tanks…

via Germany accused China of tricking German government workers on LinkedIn — Quartz