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Arman Sidhu

Arman Sidhu is an American educator and political writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. His work has previously appeared in The Diplomat, Mic, Economic & Political Weekly, and the Foreign Policy Journal, among others.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tantalum Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tantalum, a conflict mineral with complex geopolitical ramifications for East Africa and beyond.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tin Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tin, a conflict mineral whose production is increasingly dominated by Asian states.

Turning Inward: GCC Sovereign Wealth Funds Reinvent Themselves in the COVID Era

Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud participates in the Counter-ISIL Ministerial Joint Ministerial Plenary Session, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 2016. [State Department Photo/Public Domain], https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Deputy_Crown_Prince_Mohammad_Bin_Salman_bin_Abdulaziz_Al-Saud_Participates_in_the_Counter-ISIL_Ministerial_Plenary_Session_-_Flickr_-_U.S._Department_of_State_(cropped).jpg

But the path to a post-oil future won’t be easy.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Renewables Race in the Post-Oil Era

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Post-oil geopolitics will still be dictated by access to key inputs, impacting foreign policies, multilateral alliances, and state support for the mining sector.

French Retrenchment Sends the Sahel into a Spiral

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The Sahel was a standout in volatility in 2020, and the security outlook is set to worsen amid signs of a French pullout.

Testing Europe’s Mettle: The EU’s Raw Materials Alliance

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Is the EU’s quest for self-sufficiency in key raw material inputs a case of wishful thinking?

CPEC & State Capture in Pakistan

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The Pakistani military’s creeping influence over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be a case of history repeating.

Taking Cover: Chinese Capital & The EU

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As COVID-19 recedes, it will be buying season for cash-flush Chinese state and semi-state corporations in Europe – but only if the authorities allow it.

Nigeria’s Gas: Relief or Redux for the Resource Sector?

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A global crisis – this time the COVID-19 pandemic – has once again underscored the dangers of Nigeria’s economic overreliance on oil.

Post-Pandemic Supply Chains: Production Alternatives to China

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Three countries to watch in the likely event that the trade diversification trend accelerates following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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