Daniel Bodirsky

China-Vietnam Relations: Rising Panda Hidden Angst

USA Vietnam Naval Exercises

Daniel Bodirsky examines the historical context of Vietnam’s apprehension towards its powerful northern neighbor.

Election Report: Afghanistan

Afghanistan Electoral Candidates

The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Daniel Bodirsky examines the primary contenders and what’s at stake in Afghanistan’s upcoming election. 

Ukraine Crisis: China’s Crimea Dilemma

Xi Jinping walks off plain

China faces a difficult situation in dealing with Russia’s recent invasion of Crimea.

Election Report: South Africa

South African flag and person

Analyzing the major players and potential economic impact of the 2014 general elections in South Africa.

A Brief History of Islamic Fundamentalism in Chechnya

Bomb damaged building

Islamic fundamentalism is a newcomer to Chechnya.

South Korean Elections: A New Brand of Conservatism

Korean Flag

Exploring the political and economic impacts of recent elections in South Korea.

Islamic Fundamentalism in Africa

African Soldiers March

The proliferation of Islamic fundamentalist groups across Africa represents the latest iteration of the War on Terror.

Libya Elections: Broader Implications

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On July 7th 2012, Libya held its first election of the post-Gaddafi era. This historic event saw the moderate National Forces Alliance emerge as a surprise winner over the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party.

US-Indonesian Relations: A Balancing Act

US President Barack Obama (R) chats to I

With increased Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea and a re-posturing of U.S. focus towards East Asia, the most powerful Southeast Asian state finds itself at a crossroads as it seeks to balance long-standing relations with the U.S. and China.

Turkey: Regional Powerbroker?

Turkey Military Dissent

The successful blend of Islam, democracy, a dynamic economy, and significant historical weight make Turkey uniquely qualified to assume a powerful role in the region.

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