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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).

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: China’s Arctic Strategy

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

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.

The Bering Strait: A New Chokepoint for Great Power Competition

The attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test submarine operability and war-fighting capability in Arctic conditions, also involves the USS Helena (SSN 725), the University of Washington and personnel from the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy. (Released), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Annapolis_ICEX.jpg

The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

Presidents Xi and Putin, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/catalog/persons/351/events/54971/photos/49273, modified,

Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?

The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam

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As a country that’s particularly susceptible to climate change, Vietnam will face a daunting assortment of security, economic, and political challenges in the decades to come.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

The Baltic Republics: Burden or Blessing for NATO?

Natoflag, cc Flickr U.S. Army Europe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Revisiting the strategic rationale behind NATO’s expansion into the Baltic Republics.

The Geopolitics of the Black Sea

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Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.

Will Brexit Open the Door for an EU Army?

Eurofighter, cc Flickr Alan Wilson, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, modified,

The United Kingdom often scuttled attempts at greater EU integration on security matters, but the prospect of an EU Army will remain daunting after Brexit.

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