Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea?


Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.

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Slovakia’s Political Crisis Escalates following Journalist’s Murder

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The murder of Ján Kuciak has toppled several major figures in Slovakian politics. Will former prime minister Robert Fico be next?

Focus Shifts to Manbij as Turkey Moves into Afrin Unopposed

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An attack on Manbij would put President Erdogan in direct conflict with the US military and its Syrian allies.

The Rise and Fall of the American Farmer

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Small-scale US farmers are struggling with no relief in sight. Is this capitalist determinism at work or symptomatic of a more general trend of American decline?

A World without Colonies: The Fight for Freedom in Western Sahara

A pro-Western Sahara protest in Madrid, cc Flickr Western Sahara, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The international community should not take the ceasefire in Western Sahara for granted.

Lithuania’s Choice: Nuclear Safety or Spare Vehicle Parts

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Lithuania doesn’t need to rely on EU funding to advance key projects like Rail Baltica and decommissioning the Ignalina nuclear power plant.

Tillerson Fired as Trump Veers “America First”

cc Flickr Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Trump has installed a kindred spirit at the top of the State Department. The move can be expected to reverberate throughout US foreign policy, notably in the administration’s approach to Iran.

Interview: Bret Schafer on Putin’s Internet Propaganda Push

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Geopoliticalmonitor.com sits down with the Alliance for Securing Democracy's Bret Schafer for an in-depth look into Russia's ongoing disinformation campaign against the West.

Russia’s Political Theater Masks the Bigger Question: What Comes Next?

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Though the result of the upcoming Russian election is effectively predetermined, the question of Vladimir Putin’s future remains an open one.

Italy: Still Part of the PIGS Club?

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Has austerity and EU intervention forestalled the possibility of a Greece-like repeat in Italy, or merely delayed it?

Ramaphosa Gets to Work on South Africa’s ANC

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Here’s what to expect from President Cyril Ramaphosa as he tries to rescue the ANC’s electoral prospects for 2019.

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