Mending the Marriage: The Importance of Stabilizing US-China Relations

XiTru, Whitehouse.gov, modified, https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/f20171110ah-1463_original.jpg

The US-China bilateral relationship is too big to fail.

China’s Evolving Arctic Policy: Two Geopolitical Threats

XueLon, cc Flickr Bernard Spragg. NZ, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

With an expanding icebreaker fleet, land purchases around the GIUK gap, and perhaps even a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the near future, China is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Arctic.

Malabar 2018: Why Is It Important?

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2017) Ships from the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy sail in formation during Malabar 2018. Malabar 2018 is the 22nd rendition of the exercise and the first time it has been hosted off the coast of Guam. Malabar is designed to advance military-to-military coordination in a multinational environment between the U.S., Japan and Indian maritime forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erwin Jacob V. Miciano/Released) 180615-N-VI515-648, modified

Deepening military cooperation was on display in this year’s annual Malabar exercises between India, the United States, and relative newcomer Japan.

Did “Putin’s World Cup” Pack a Geopolitical Punch?

Vladimir_Putin_FIFA_World_Cup_Trophy_Tour_kick-off_ceremony, modified www.kremlin.ru

Russia’s World Cup dividend is set to be short-lived. The same might not be true for Qatar in 2022.

Fishing Frontlines: A Sea Change for Southeast Asia Fish Exports

Catfish (Pangasius) from Vietnam's freshwater fish farms. Vietnamfish, Cong Mao - Vietnam News Agency., modified.

Strong region-wide management practices can help replenish Southeast Asia’s declining fish stocks. But getting there won’t be easy.

The International Criminal Court’s New Jurisdiction Gambit

ICC2, cc Flickr Khmer Rouge Tribunal (ECCC), modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The ICC is attempting to rehabilitate its global image by extending its jurisdiction and prosecuting rights abusers outside of Africa.

Spain: The Final Test Case for Social Democracy in the EU

Pedro Sanchez, cc Rodrigo Ponce de León, modified, https://www.eldiario.es/licencia/ ; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pedro-Sanchez-congreso-PSOE_EDIIMA20170618_0312_21.jpg

Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE must find a workable solution to the migration issue; the future of social democracy in Europe may depend on it.

Sudan Might Be Open for Business, but Only for the Intrepid

Sudanmineaction, cc Flickr Norsk Folkehjelp Norwegian People's Aid, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It’s going to take creativity, hard work, and patience, but with some luck we may be looking at a new African economic powerhouse in the years to come.

Africa: Playground for Asian Powers

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Indo-Japan Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) are playing to their strengths as the competition for Africa heats up.

Democracy and the Arc of Progress

StatueofLIberty, cc Flickr Pablo Muñoz, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After decades of progress, democracy is backsliding worldwide. At what point will people rise up and put a stop to it?

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