Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco

Afghanistan’s Fate Will Be Shaped by Geoeconomics

Operation Enduring Freedom

Three geoeconomic factors will determine the future of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan: opium, natural resources, and regional trade networks.

What Afghanistan Teaches about the Art of the Possible

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Once again, the old adage is vindicated: Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

The Geopolitics of Cuba Unrest

A 2021 solidarity protest in Naples, Florida, cc P,TO 19104, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2021_Cuban_government_protest_in_Naples_Florida.jpg

For a country as geopolitically important as Cuba, there’s no such thing as a strictly domestic political upheaval.

Lessons from the Battle of GameStop

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What can the latest GameStop saga teach us about financial markets and human nature?

History on Repeat: War and Peace in Afghanistan

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 22, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr, cc Flickr US Army, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/447153754/in/photolist-FvMeu-9i9qf3-9i9pmN-5wDz7N-9Xonsg-3ctN1a-2Nx4ov-9i9mG3-KBRT9-dNM8Yg-2Nx4Ca-dQPGQS-eSe9Ge-KBWMq-9XrokA-8RsGEh-dNyGHU-dP79V3-dP78X9-7z9kxr-7z9kDr-9XrgtL-9i9ygd-dP1yJk-9i6oK6-5wAskW-NnY2u-9i6x32-KBWMs-dQJ6Z4-KBWMu-9XoqvM-5ienyD-9i9DzU-9i6pUn-9i6ny2-KBRT5-NnWRC-9i9xME-61GStp-7z9kpV-9i6nce-9i6yfa-7zd7Eq-9i9st5-N5zy5-N5zxW-KBXbL-KBXbJ-7RiooV.)

Assessing Afghanistan’s past, present, and future as a US pullout looms.

Backgrounder: Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico

Ceremonia de presentación y abanderamiento de la Nueva División de Gendarmería de la Policía Federal. Ciudad de México. 22 de agosto de 2014., Presidencia de la República Mexicana, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/presidenciamx/14817406378/in/photolist-ozn5FL-ozn5q5-oPPEB3-oRPywS-oRPDQN-ozmDBP-ozn9eN-oPPKcW-JvZhiW-JvZhsU-JvZhAQ-JvZhoL-oPPJLf-oRPACA-oznwTK-oRzEnr-oRzEzR-oznAex-oPPJ81-oPPGLU-oznxJc-oznz4X-ozmDwZ-ozmTry-oRzEqT-oRPyS1-ozn93q-ozn7pA-oPPJ9d-oPPEys-oPPFtU-ozmSym-oPPJpo-oRPAxW-oznwXT-oRPz5W-oRPAyC-ozn9bS-oPPDWW-oRzChe-ozn8VG-oRzDeV-oRPBt3-oRzDAM-oRPBL7-oRPyBG-oPPFTb-oznw4D-ozn9CJ-oRzDTv

Ad hoc policy responses on either side of the US border are frequently powerless in the face of the geopolitical, economic, and political forces fueling the rise of organized crime in Mexico.

Geopolitics of the Nagorno-Karabakh War

Billboards in Yerevan have been displaying footage released by the Armenian Ministry of Defence since the beginning of the conflict.cc Wikicommons Գարիկ Ավագյան, modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Nagorno-Karabakh_war#/media/File:Photo_of_the_Armenian_soldier_from_the_frontline_(Yerevan,_Armenia).jpg

Historical background and geopolitical context for the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Belarus Crisis: The Geopolitical Stakes for the Major Powers

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The Belarus crisis is mainly the result of domestic political tensions. But paradoxically, this is an internal issue that carries a profound international dimension as well.

Geopolitical Impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

cc Flickr Robert Couse-Baker, modified, Flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The advances of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution won’t usher in a techno-utopia. Instead, they will alter – and perhaps even intensify – the geopolitical competition the world is all too familiar with.

The Geopolitical Implications of Israel’s West Bank Annexation Plan

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A geopolitical reading suggests that annexation is only a matter of time.

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