Backgrounders

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

An S-300 anti-aircraft system missile launcher in a Russian military parade. , modified, cc SLonoed, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_view_of_a_S-300_launcher.JPG

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: The U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign toward Iran

Trumpspeech, public domain, modified, https://www.ang.af.mil/Media/Article-Display/Article/1343697/president-trump-speaks-at-193rd-special-operations-wing/ (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

Maximum pressure is working – just not in the way that US officials had hoped it would.

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.

EU Parliament and the Impact of Civil Society on Trade Negotiations

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

Do internal constraints like the EP and an activist civil society help or hinder the EU Commission in its trade negotiations?

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

Presidents Xi and Putin, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/catalog/persons/351/events/54971/photos/49273, modified,

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

Alienation and Insurgency in Baluchistan

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

What is behind the ongoing unrest in Pakistan’s Baluchistan region?

Operation Peace Spring: A Timeline

TrumpErdogan, cc Flickr, modified, The White House, public domain, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Recounting the events surrounding the latest foreign policy upheaval to consume Washington D.C.

With Aramco IPO, Riyadh Doubles Down on Economic Diversification

Riyadh skyline, modified, MO, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riyadh_Skyline_New.jpg

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

Rethinking New Zealand’s Grand Strategy

NZNavy, cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

NATO Awacs, cc Flickr NATO E-3A Component, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

More Stories
Back to Top

Login

Lost your password?