Xi Jinping’s great power ambitions are making Southeast Asia more important to China’s future. But they are simultaneously constraining his options for…
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On behalf of the entire team at Bismarck Analysis, I am pleased to inform you that audio versions of every Bismarck Brief are now available for…
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The Saudi Crown Prince has centralized power through the Public Investment Fund. His ambitious strategy is being frustrated by the quality of Western…
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While quantum technology remains experimental, both the U.S. and Chinese governments are persuaded of its strategic potential. Useful breakthroughs will…
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The paramount leader of China has not yet indicated a successor. His choice will not be guided by established norms.
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China’s President took power by winning at factional politics. Now, he can optimize his successor for skill, not standing.
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The United Kingdom has mismanaged its potential windfalls from North Sea oil and gas reserves, in stark contrast to neighboring Norway. A looming energy…
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Career civil servants in the European Union’s largest bureaucracy play an influential and overlooked role in determining Europe’s political and economic…
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Pakistan should be the flagship success of China’s economic aid and investment programs abroad. Instead, it casts doubts on the viability of a Chinese…
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Recent shocks in the defense supply chain have shown a surprisingly functional system that nevertheless can’t adapt quickly or forecast its own…
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The state-funded foundations stabilize German politics, move national policy towards academic consensus, and act as a parallel foreign service without a…
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As rich countries enter demographic decline, China is uniquely determined to maintain growth through robotics and automation. After initial success, the…
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