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Backgrounder: The Water Crisis in Crimea

Sunset over the Dnieper River, which once met most of Crimea's water needs,, cc Flickr tuyddatygl, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Exploring the economic, environmental, and geopolitical dynamics surrounding the ongoing water crisis in Crimea.

Post-Pandemic Supply Chains: Production Alternatives to China

MaerskShip, cc Flickr Jnzl's Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Three countries to watch in the likely event that the trade diversification trend accelerates following the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Early Events Timeline

cc Flickr NIAID, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Recounting key events in China during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Future of the Global Monetary Order

USD, cc Flickr Mike, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

What will the global financial system of 2060 look like?

The New “Twenty Years’ Crisis”: 2000-2020

Peace in our time, cc Flickr Segunda Guerra Mundial, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Is COVID-19 the death knell of liberal internationalism?

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (3-19-2020)

COVID19-virus, cc Flickr NIAID, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Recounting global disruptions from the COVID-19 outbreak, along with the growing list of government stimulus initiatives deployed to mitigate them.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

XueLong, cc Bahnfrend, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xue_Long,_Fremantle,_2016_(4).jpg

Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin

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Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Venezuela in Focus: Timeline

VenezuelaFlag, cc Flickr Nicolas Raymond, modified, CC 3.0, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-venezuela_grunge_flag_p1086.html

Tracking the formative events that brought Venezuela to the brink of economic collapse.

Background: Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Killed in Iraq

cc Khamenei.ir, modified, https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Qasem_Soleimani_received_Zolfaghar_Order_from_Ali_Khamenei_1.jpg

Will historians look back on the assassination of Qassem Soleimani as the catalyst for a new war in the Middle East?

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