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Germany’s Geopolitics at a Crossroads

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Can Germany continue its historical balancing act between East and West amid growing bifurcation of the global system?

Turkey as an Aspiring Great Power

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The remaking of the post-Cold War global order will inevitably create winners and losers, and Turkey is one state that’s well-placed to benefit from the transition.

The Evolution of Russia’s Ukraine Strategy

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The ongoing Ukraine War is the most recent phase of a gradual escalation that dates back to the 2004 Orange Revolution.

Ukraine War and Food Prices

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The Ukraine war has driven up food prices around the world, and there’s still room to grow.

Warfare Evolved: Drone Swarms

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The advent of drones may have revolutionized modern warfare, but the disruptions are only getting started.

Is Russia’s Demographic Decline Irreversible?

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A fast-declining population has the potential to compromise Russia’s ambitious revisionist plans and perhaps even its own survival as a national state.

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.

Backgrounder: Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico

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Ad hoc policy responses on either side of the US border are frequently powerless in the face of the geopolitical, economic, and political forces fueling the rise of organized crime in Mexico.

Iran’s Network of Regional Proliferation

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Examining the ways in which Tehran utilizes its ‘axis of resistance’ to shore up its overall geopolitical position.

The Geoeconomic Front of the Ukraine War

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It’s getting harder to deny the old dictum that geoeconomics is the continuation of warfare by other means.

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