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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.

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.

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

EU Symbol, CC Flickr, Christiaan Colen, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/christiaancolen/22540337821/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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

CPEC & State Capture in Pakistan

Lahore, CC Flickr, Umair Khan, Modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/umair434/7961879534/

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

cc Flickr Friends of Europe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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?

cc Flickr U.S. Institute of Peace, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

MaerskShip, cc Flickr Jnzl's Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

EU Enlargement and the Geopolitical Battleground of the Balkans

cc Flickr EU2018BG Bulgarian Presidency, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The EU’s glacial enlargement process may fall foul to outside geopolitical players in the Western Balkans.

Finding a Future for AFRICOM

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

Can AFRICOM survive another term of the Trump administration?

SIPRI Annual Report: Three Takeaways from Global Defense Spending

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 12, 2020) An unarmed Trident II (D5LE) missile launches from Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) off the coast of San Diego, California, Feb. 12, 2020. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs’ demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch demonstrated the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew following the submarine’s engineered refueling overhaul. This launch marks 177 successful missile launches of the Trident II (D5 & D5LE) strategic weapon system. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley/Released)

Geopolitical forces could mean that the global COVID-19 dip in defense spending turns out to be short-lived.

Peace in a Pandemic: Containing Africa’s Conflicts

BurkinaFasoFlintlock2019, Members of the Burkinabe honor guard stand ready to be called to attention before the opening ceremony of Flintlock 2019, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Flintlock is an annual African-led, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner nation forces throughout North and West Africa as well as western special operations forces since 2005. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 (SW/AW) Evan Parker / released), https://www.africom.mil/media-room/article/31543/more-than-30-nations-kick-off-flintlock-2019-in-burkina-faso-mauritania

COVID-19 is upending local security dynamics in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa.

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