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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).

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.

Bolsonaro in Brazil: Good News for the US, Setback for China

cc Flickr Senado Federal, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Trump has gained a kindred spirit in South America.

Sino-Indian Relations: The Weak Point of the BRICS

BRICSsummit, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/55515/photos/50064,

Unity among the BRICS countries will continue to be thwarted by longstanding geopolitical disputes.

Belarus After Lukashenko: The Next Ukraine?

LukaPuti, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54178, modified, Kremlin.ru

Anything is possible when Belarus’ long-serving president steps aside, including a repeat of the Ukraine crisis.

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.

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.

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.

Iran Sanctions: Energy Market Winners and Losers

RouhaniTASIM, modified, This is an image from the Tasnim News Agency website, which states in its footer,

Iran’s biggest customers are scrambling to secure alternative sources of oil supply.

Beyond Economics: The Political Risks of a US-China Trade War

MaerskLine, cc Flickr kees torn, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

How Marshall Sahlins’ Stone Age Economics can help us better understand the brewing US-China trade war.

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?

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