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Geopolitical Impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The advances of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution won’t usher in a techno-utopia. Instead, they will alter – and perhaps even intensify – the geopolitical competition the world is all too familiar with.

COVID-19 Early Events Timeline

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Recounting key events in China during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Encryption

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Advances in quantum encryption could change the way that modern states conduct their intelligence-gathering.

Backgrounder: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Turns Five

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Assessing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor after five years: Have the high ambitions of 2015 aged well in the hindsight of 2020?

A Lost Decade: The Actors and Geopolitics behind the Libyan Civil War

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The Libyan civil war is now at a potential turning-point, with all eyes on the key city of Sirte. How did we get here?

Warfare Evolved: Hypersonic Missiles

cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified, PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2018) A Tomahawk cruise missile launches from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) during a live fire exercise, part of Valiant Shield ’18 in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 18, 2018. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enable real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Collins III)

Gauging the strategic impact of a new generation of missiles that defy all known manners of conventional interception.

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Radar

cc Flickr Air Combat Command United States Air Force, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – As a B-2 Stealth Bomber takes off, you can see the heat coming off the runway during the cold winter day, January 5. The B-2 is part of the 509th Bomb Wing arsenal of 20 stealth bombers with a conventional and nuclear mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Carlin Leslie)

The next great leap in radar technology threatens to render strategic standards like stealth technology and signal jamming irrelevant.

Backgrounder: Nigeria’s Energy Security Dilemma

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Security and development deficiencies lurk behind many of the factors that are keeping Nigeria’s energy sector from realizing its considerable economic promise.

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: India-China Skirmishes in Galwan Valley

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Recent fighting in the Galwan Valley marks the first time lives have been lost along the disputed China-India border since 1975.

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