Geopolitical Monitor

Iran Bends under the Weight of US ‘Maximum Pressure’

A picture from the Tehran protests of 2009, cc Milad Avazbeigi, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tehran_protests_(2).jpg

New nationwide protests are heaping pressure on the Rouhani regime; but all routes to a political solution remain blocked off.

Fact Sheet: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)


An overview of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

Overview: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Belt and Road inaugural launch, cc Russian Presidential Press and Information Office, modified,

An overview of President Xi Jinping’s landmark initiative to link China’s economy with the rest of the world.

Coup or Democratic Spring? Morales Flees Bolivia

Movimientos sociales respaldan al Presidente Evo Morales / Foto: Fernanda LeMarie - Cancillería./ cc Flickr Ricardo Patiño, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Evo Morales has fled Bolivia, marking a new chapter in the country’s simmering political crisis.

Hong Kong Protests Spiral into Violence

HKProtest, cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With all paths to a political solution blocked off, violence continues to worsen on the streets of Hong Kong.

Spain Elections: New Poll, Same Deadlocked Politics?

PSOEballoons, cc Flickr Contando Estrelas, modified, https://flickr.com/photos/elentir/

Spain’s fourth general election in five years is unlikely to break the country’s political deadlock.

Hariri Resignation Plunges Lebanon into the Unknown

Beirut_Protests_2019, cc Shahen Araboghlian, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=beirut+protest&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=11jkeigpin9egre7wgrnrog6r#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3ABeirut_Protests_2019.jpg

The political process has ground to a halt in one of the most deadlocked democracies in the world. Default or civil war could be next.

PLA Navy Unveils New Coastal Assault Capability with the Type 075

The PLA Navy's Liaoning aicraft carrier, cc rhk111, modified, Flickr, (eng.chinamil.com.cn / Photo by Zhang Lei), public domain,

The Type 075 amphibious assault ship fills a longstanding capability gap of the PLA Navy.

Chabahar Port Update


Years removed from an extensive renovation and inaugural shipments, what effect is Chabahar port having on regional trade flows?

Peronists Declare Victory in Argentina’s Back-to-the-Future Elections

Argentina22, cc Flickr Beatrice Murch,modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Macri’s defeat marks a setback for right-wing politics in an increasingly volatile region.

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