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Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco

Born in Mexico, Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco is an international relations professional who holds a Masters’ Degree in National Security and Strategic Intelligence. He has experience as an analyst, researcher, executive adviser, consultant, professor, lecturer and author of academic papers. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Defence and Security Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. His areas of expertise include geopolitics, security, statecraft, the nature of national power, international rivalries, conflict, hegemony, grand strategy, new arenas of strategic competition and the increasing significance of financial and monetary affairs for geopolitical realities in the 21st century.

Continuity and Change in the Rise of Brazil

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Assessing the geopolitical circumstances surrounding Brazil’s potential rise as a great power.

Germany’s Geopolitics at a Crossroads

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Can Germany continue its historical balancing act between East and West amid growing bifurcation of the global system?

Understanding the ‘Shiite Crescent’ as Iranian Grand Strategy

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Examining the ideological underpinnings, goals, and challenges concerning Iranian grand strategy, as understood by the desire to establish a ‘Shiite Crescent’ across the Greater Middle East.

The Ukraine War Enters a New Phase

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Sweeping victories for Ukraine are raising questions about the effectiveness of the Russian military.

Japan: An Empire Reawakened?

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Growing multipolarity in the international system raises some interesting questions for Japanese foreign policy going forward. Is Tokyo about to step out of Washington’s shadow?

Assessing Potential Outcomes of the Ukraine War

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All potential outcomes point to the same fact: the Ukraine war has changed modern geopolitics.

Turkey as an Aspiring Great Power

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The remaking of the post-Cold War global order will inevitably create winners and losers, and Turkey is one state that’s well-placed to benefit from the transition.

Russia’s Geopolitical Projection in the American Hemisphere

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Russia has long nurtured a network of geopolitical influence in the Americas. But will the Ukraine invasion force a reappraisal of US strategy in the near future?

The Evolution of Russia’s Ukraine Strategy

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The ongoing Ukraine War is the most recent phase of a gradual escalation that dates back to the 2004 Orange Revolution.

A World Remade? Lessons from the Ukraine War

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The Ukraine war is producing some bitter lessons for those who believed that global society had moved beyond nation-based geopolitics.

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