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India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

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For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

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Bloodshed Dodged or Simply Deferred? Transitional Deal Reached in Sudan

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Following a long and violent protest movement, a transitional deal has finally been reached in Sudan. But can it bring democracy to the long-suffering country?

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

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Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

Next-Gen British Tempest Fighter Finds a Partner in Sweden

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In a blow to separate Franco-German efforts, Sweden has apparently signed onto the British-led consortium to build a next generation European fighter jet.

What a US-Iran War Would Look Like

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Zac and Nick discuss some of the military dimensions of a potential US-Iran conflict, and how Tehran might seek to maximize the costs of a US campaign.

Italy’s League in Russia-Funding Scandal

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In a case of the FPO’s Ibiza scandal redux, Italy’s League is now embroiled in a Russian funding scandal.

Will Russia Betray Iran Again?

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If history is any indication, don’t expect Russia to jump to Iran’s assistance in the event of a US military strike.

Controversial EU Nomination Recalls Broader Consultancy Scandals

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Ursula von der Leyen’s past links with major consultancies has some questioning her appointment as EU Commission president.

Macron in Last-Ditch Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

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However much the French president wants to save the Iran nuclear deal, Europe’s inability to insulate Tehran from US sanctions has already been laid bare.

Backgrounder: Greek Elections

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New Democracy has swept to power in the Greek elections. But will it be the same old story in austerity-plagued Athens?

Is India’s Nagaland Peace Process Nearing a Breakthrough?

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There is hope that a breakthrough might be imminent in one of India’s longest-running ethnic conflicts.

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