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India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

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For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

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Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

Backgrounder: Greek Elections

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New Democracy has swept to power in the Greek elections. But will it be the same old story in austerity-plagued Athens?

New Leader Slate Finalized in EU

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After four summits and countless hours of closed-door negotiations, the new slate of leaders in Brussels is finally official.

Geopolitics and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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What is the geopolitical strategy underpinning China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

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

Cuba’s Intelligence Masterstroke in Venezuela

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The many accomplishments of Cuban intelligence in Venezuela stand as an instructive example of how a smaller agency can punch far above its weight.

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.

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.

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