The EU Defense Industry: Background

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So long as the EU defense industry is not the sum of its national parts, it will struggle to compete with giants like Russia and the United States.

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The Road Ahead: Examining South Africa’s New International Strategy

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It’s time for President Ramaphosa to break with recent past and reassert the moral and multilateral imperatives in South African foreign policy.

Great Power Politics Comes to Venezuela

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The Kremlin will be looking to duplicate its recent Syrian success by propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela. But just like with Bashar al-Assad, support comes at a price.

Southern Thailand’s Fractured Peace Process at a Crossroads

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Hopes of a breakthrough have evaporated after a government no-show at peace talks in February. Can the next Thai government regain recent momentum?

Japan Posts Record Population Decline in 2018

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Demographic decline will mean new risks and opportunities for the Japanese economy.

Snap Election Looms in Spain

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Move over economics and austerity. The next election is going to revolve around questions of Spanish identity.

In the Long Haul, Vanadium Will Prove Durable

Local elected officials, key Vandenberg leaders, base affiliates and local media came together for the 28 megawatt solar photovoltaic array dedication, April 10, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The ceremony included representatives from SunPower, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Secretary of Air Force Environment, Safety and Infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Clayton Wear/Released)

Investors take note: the vanadium market of tomorrow may look nothing like what we’re seeing today.

US Pullout from Afghanistan (February 10, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss what the United States achieved in Afghanistan and how regional interests are primed to reassert themselves once the US military leaves.

Can AMLO Save Mexico’s Pemex?

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The newly elected president has set out to reverse the long-term decline of Mexico’s state-owned oil giant. But he’s going to have his work cut out for him.

The Great Game Revived: Russia’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Russia’s foreign policy there.

Is Another Russia-Georgia War Looming on the Horizon?

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Another former Soviet republic is pushing for EU and NATO membership, stoking fears of another Ukraine crisis.

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