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With Aramco IPO, Riyadh Doubles Down on Economic Diversification

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But geopolitics could get in the way of MBS’ reform program for the Saudi economy.

Rethinking New Zealand’s Grand Strategy

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The geopolitical environment is changing, and New Zealand’s grand strategy must change with it.

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

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NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

The Baltic Republics: Burden or Blessing for NATO?

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Revisiting the strategic rationale behind NATO’s expansion into the Baltic Republics.

Privatization: A Panacea for the South Africa Economy?

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Privatization is often cited as a cure-all for South Africa’s lumbering state-owned sector. But any progress will be slow given the entrenched interests involved.

The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

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New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

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Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?

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.

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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