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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).

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Should Be Expelled from NATO

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, modified, 170819-N-QR145-042 BLACK SEA (Aug. 19, 2017) Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78)look out to Turkish replenishment oiler TCG YB. Kudret (A 595) while making an approach to conduct a replenishment-at-sea in the Black Sea Aug. 19, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey/ Released)

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system is just the latest of many transgressions against the Atlantic Alliance. It’s time for Ankara to go.

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

A water truck in Kolhapur, Maharashtra; author: Arne Hückelheim, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:WaterTruckCropped.JPG

For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

An S-300 anti-aircraft system missile launcher in a Russian military parade. , modified, cc SLonoed, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_view_of_a_S-300_launcher.JPG

Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

XueLong, cc Bahnfrend, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xue_Long,_Fremantle,_2016_(4).jpg

Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

Backgrounder: Turkey and the S-400 Affair

Russia's S-400 system, cc Vitaly V. Kuzmin - http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/370, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-400_Triumf#/media/Datei:BAZ-6909-022_chassis_for_S-400_system_-06.jpg

Turkey has officially been kicked out of the F-35 program after purchasing Russia’s S-400 platform, but there’s still plenty more time before relations with the West truly hit rock-bottom.

Can the U.S. Break China’s Rare Earth Monopoly?

A strip mine near Globe Arizona, circa 1990; cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rare earths have emerged as a new variable in the US-China trade war. Is China’s near-monopoly on these strategic resources its ultimate trump card, or will US producers be able to diversify supply amid the new normal of bilateral tension.

Game of Straits: Chinese Military Bases and the SLOC Dilemma

People's Liberation Army (Navy) ship PLA(N) Qiandaohu (AO 886) (foreground) and Republic of Korea Navy ship ROKS Wang Geon (DDH 978) steam in close formation as two of 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe/Released) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People%27s_Liberation_Army_(Navy)_ship_PLA(N)_Qiandaohu_(AO_886)_(foreground)_and_Republic_of_Korea_Navy_ship_ROKS_Wang_Geon_(DDH_978)_steam_in_close_formation_during_Rim_o.jpg

If Beijing is serious about securing the SLOC, the construction of new overseas military bases is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’

Backgrounder: EU Arm Sales to Asia

EurofighterTyphoon, cc Flickr Max Pfandl, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With security planning and arms sales continuing to fall outside the purview of EU policy, various member states have been cashing in on the Asian arms race.

The EU & The South China Sea Dispute

Subi Reef in 2015, cc US Navy, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Subi_Reef_May_2015.jpg

The EU is walking a fine line on the South China Sea dispute, but can the policy hold over the long-term?

India’s Nuclear Submarine: The INS Arihant

A backgrounder on the Indian Navy’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine: the INS Arihant.

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