Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco

A Geopolitical Reading of the Chile Crisis

Santiago student protests in 2012, modified, Flickr, C64-92, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Though there are no obvious signs of foreign meddling in the Chile crisis, the presence of historical precedent and vested regional interests should not preclude the possibility.

Rethinking New Zealand’s Grand Strategy

NZNavy, cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The geopolitical environment is changing, and New Zealand’s grand strategy must change with it.

Greenland and the Arctic ‘Great Game’

CC Thomas Leth-Olsen, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The blunt manner of President Trump’s pitch to buy Greenland might have been ridiculous, but the geopolitical rationale behind it certainly isn’t.

China Prepares to Launch Its Own Digital Currency

CNYGreatwall, cc Flickr g0d4ather, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Beijing is warming to the use of cryptocurrencies – but only on its own terms.

Mercenaries and the Wagner Group: What’s Old Is New Again

The Swiss Guard defends the royal family during the French Revolution in La Prise des Tuileries (10 août 1792), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tuileries_Henri_Motte.jpg, public domain

Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.

Cuba’s Intelligence Masterstroke in Venezuela

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

The many accomplishments of Cuban intelligence in Venezuela stand as an instructive example of how a smaller agency can punch far above its weight.

Gold as Geostrategic Asset: The Once and Future King?

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash) - National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History

Gold has carried an intrinsic value since the dawn of human civilization, and there’s no reason to believe this value won’t come back into play in a post-US dollar global financial system.

Innovation or Disruption? The Prospects for Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

Zuckerberg, cc Flickr Maurizio Pesce, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency won’t necessarily succeed in overhauling the global status quo. But odds are that something like it will.

Geopolitics and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

CNY, cc Flickr David Dennis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

What is the geopolitical strategy underpinning China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

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