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Backgrounder: The Battle of Tripoli (2019)

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Tired of a fractured and divided Libya, some foreign backers are throwing their support against the one candidate who they believe can unite the country. Yet General Haftar might have overplayed his hand in the LNA’s ongoing assault on Tripoli.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

Backgrounder: EU Arm Sales to Asia

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With security planning and arms sales continuing to fall outside the purview of EU policy, various member states have been cashing in on the Asian arms race.

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.

Wilayat Khorasan: Past and Present Dynamics in the Af-Pak Region

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Tracing the rise of Islamic States Af-Pak affiliate, Wilayat Khorasan.

Backgrounder: Sudan Protests

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A closer look at the mass protest movement that is threatening President Omar al-Bashir’s long-running rule in Sudan.

India’s Nuclear Submarine: The INS Arihant

A backgrounder on the Indian Navy’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine: the INS Arihant.

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.

Backgrounder: Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Naval Build-Up

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The Abe government has opted for a two-track approach to naval modernization: balance against China’s growing capabilities and escape the military constraints of Japan’s post-war constitution.

Backgrounder: A Brief History of China’s United Front

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Xi Jinping has dusted off an old ‘magic weapon’ to wage political warfare at home and abroad. Here’s a brief history of the global influencing operation that surprisingly few have heard of.

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