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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.

Backgrounder: China’s PLA Navy Modernization

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Beijing has embarked on an ambitious naval modernization program intended to end the preponderance of US-Japan military power in East Asia.

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: India-Pakistan Clashes in Kashmir

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A sudden string of escalations in Kashmir risks a dangerous new conflict between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed states.

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.

The Great Game Revived: Russia’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Russia’s foreign policy there.

The Great Game Revived: India’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving India’s foreign policy there.

Backgrounder: Iran’s Chabahar Port

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Examining the geopolitical ramifications of Chabahar port, India’s first major foray into regional connectivity projects.

The Great Game Revived: Pakistan’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Pakistan’s foreign policy there.

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.

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