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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).

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Radar

cc Flickr Air Combat Command United States Air Force, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – As a B-2 Stealth Bomber takes off, you can see the heat coming off the runway during the cold winter day, January 5. The B-2 is part of the 509th Bomb Wing arsenal of 20 stealth bombers with a conventional and nuclear mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Carlin Leslie)

The next great leap in radar technology threatens to render strategic standards like stealth technology and signal jamming irrelevant.

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.

Warfare Evolved: Drone Swarms

cc Flickr Marco Verch, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/160866001@N07/48900413426/in/photolist-2hvapfj-U8xYB1-dSXX6k-D922td-2fLvu3C-2fR7nuc-2fLvttS-e35GXV-e4geYN-2fLvsSw-wBzSmM-2aruZHK-CcxehD-2gee791-G8ZCW8-2eHMjGu-C7GMXj-guRBnm-2coRXwv-ChhsDv-BjU49g-zWPGGv-GkbLyV-2gSxEgz-2fLvup9-BQa4f1-yXMzjC-BQ9YVu-2g5Dkij-ML8zp8-2fLvvaC-GJhzg6-BjMajC-PGYyVs-vEemze-eosL7u-2eDmndL-VADYoe-enT4yM-e4aBxX-ovSfHi-2esNq9X-e9epeW-e9epHw-GZNRG2-e9eoWQ-bmxYXL-e98GWK-e98Hbc-K9Zm1q

The advent of drones may have revolutionized modern warfare, but the disruptions are only getting started.

Russia’s Military Modernization: Prevailing in Limited Conflicts

cc Flickr Robert Sullivan, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Russia’s ongoing military modernization has increased the country’s conventional capabilities – but only to a point.

US Policy and Astropolitics: The Dawn of Space Colonization?

cc Flickr Mark hall, modified, original credit NASA, public domain, Flickr

If past is any guide, ‘astropolitics’ above will mirror the geopolitical tensions below.

China Pops Up on the NATO Threat Radar

cc Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

How does China fit into NATO’s strategic planning?

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.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

Greenland, cc Flickr Greenland Travel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

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?

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