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Backgrounder: What Would a China-India War over the Himalayas Look Like?

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Though it remains an unlikely scenario, a China-India military conflict could be expected to reverberate far from the Line of Actual Control in the Himalayas.

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Encryption

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Advances in quantum encryption could change the way that modern states conduct their intelligence-gathering.

Japan: New Leader, Old Geopolitics

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Japan’s new leader can expect to face ongoing hostility in East Asia and a warm welcome from India.

Testing Europe’s Mettle: The EU’s Raw Materials Alliance

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Is the EU’s quest for self-sufficiency in key raw material inputs a case of wishful thinking?

Backgrounder: Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean Conflict

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Who is backing who in simmering geopolitical tensions over energy deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean?

The Wagner Group: Intrigue, War, and Resource Extraction in Africa and Beyond

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After initial deployments in Ukraine and Syria, the African continent has become the main theater for Wagner Group operations.

Belt and Road: China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor

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An overview of the China-Mongolia-Russia corridor, one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

US-China Trade War: The Deal the US Asked For

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A recap of the political and economic imperatives driving the US-China trade war.

Geopolitical Impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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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.

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