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Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Lithium Demand

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New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. First in a new series, this article examines factors impacting lithium demand over the next decade.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Uranium Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine uranium, a key input in nuclear power generation that was included on the US Interior Department’s list of critical minerals.

Backgrounder: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

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Assessing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) after six years: Has the project's original ambition been realized?

Flashpoint: Chad

A Chadian Special Forces soldier receives basic rifle marksmanship training at a live fire range Mar. 6, 2017 in Massaguet, Chad as part of Flintlock 17. Flintlock is an annual special operations exercise involving more than 20 nation forces that strengthens security institutions, promotes multilateral sharing of information, and develops interoperability among partner nations in North and West Africa. (Army photo by Sgt. Derek Hamilton) Unit: U.S. Africa Command DVIDS Tags: marksmanship; Flintlock; Chad; Flintlock17, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marksmanship_training_in_Chad_during_Flintlock_2017_170306-A-KH850-007.jpg

Today’s vulnerable states give way to tomorrow’s regional crises. First in a new series, we examine the challenges faced by Chad in the COVID-19 era.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tantalum Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tantalum, a conflict mineral with complex geopolitical ramifications for East Africa and beyond.

Backgrounder: The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM)

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Exploring the history, composition, and tactics of the ‘little blue men’ of China’s littoral waters – the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia.

CBO Paints Grim Picture of Long-term US Debt Outlook

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A recent Congressional Budget Office report could play killjoy to the Biden administration’s stimulus efforts.

The EU’s New ‘Eastern Question’: Refugees, Gas, and Neo-Ottoman Imperialism

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The ‘Eastern Question’ has re-emerged to haunt EU policymakers, and a proper answer requires a true understanding of region’s historical specificities.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

Biden’s Day One Executive Actions Take Aim at Key Planks of Trump Era

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In what seems to be an emerging norm for the executive branch, US President Joe Biden has wasted no time in dismantling key planks of his predecessor’s agenda.

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