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Alessandro Gagaridis

Alessandro Gagaridis holds a Master’s degree in “International Relations, Professional Focus Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution” from Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He is a member of Wikistrat’s analytic community, and he also examined issues related with international affairs on his personal website (www.strategikos.it).

Cameroon: The Next Flashpoint in Africa’s “Conflict Belt”

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A linguistic conflict risks plunging Cameroon into civil war and further destabilizing a vulnerable region.

Ethiopia’s Geopolitical Ambitions Could Bring about Its Downfall

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Ethiopia faces a variety of long-term environmental and societal challenges. Building a Navy won’t help solve any of them.

Controlling the Heights: Great Power Competition in Nepal

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One thing is clear from recent shifts in Nepalese politics: India can no longer take Nepal for granted.

Turkey Joins the Great Power Club Vying for Influence in the Western Balkans

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Turkey is reestablishing ties in a frontier of the former Ottoman Empire, but in the Western Balkans it finds a field that’s already crowded with outside powers vyign for influence.

Japan’s Rare Earth Mineral Discovery Could be a Geopolitical Game Changer

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Japan’s massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.

Argentina’s Finances Are Hamstringing Its International Role (Again)

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In spite of its geopolitical gifts, financial crisis may once again be thwarting Argentina’s regional ambitions.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

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In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

EU: “Ever Closer Union” Hits a Wall with the Visegrád Four

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Orban’s resounding election victory in Hungary and Macron’s “civil war” speech at the European Parliament reveal the widening rift between two competing visions of the EU’s future.

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

Geopolitical Realities Threaten to Derail Trump-Kim Summit

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The advent of a Trump-Kim summit does not represent any shift in North Korea’s long-term strategy of using its nuclear program for regime preservation.

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