Next year is shaping up to be a crucial test for one of America's most enduring Middle Eastern alliances.
China is actively looking for partners to show that the BRI is a truly international project, rather than simply a geopolitical expansion plan.
Iran is a complex and cosmopolitan melting pot made up of multiple, competing ethnic identities kept in check by a strong central authority — but just barely.
Seventy years after the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty and the formation of the Atlantic Alliance, the West's most powerful and enduring military bloc is suffering from deep systemic dysfunctions.
After centuries of being played against one another, the Central Asian states have linked arms to advance their common welfare.