Situation Reports

The Beijing Consensus: Exporting Authoritarian Governance to Africa

Chinaflag, cc Flickr Tomas Roggero, modified,

Africa’s emulation of the China model doesn’t stop at the economy.

Duterte’s Peace Overture to the NPA: Another False Dawn?

DuterteROK, cc Flickr Republic of Korea, modified,

The Duterte administration has signaled a willingness to negotiate with the New People’s Army. But this is merely a first step in a long and tenuous peace process.

Venezuela in Focus: Energy Industry

CitgoNeon, cc Flickr Lori L. Stalteri, modified,

Any prospect of wider economic renewal in Venezuela starts and ends with its energy industry.

Venezuela in Focus: Security

Tear gas, and plastic pellet gunshot used by Venezuela's National Police against a protest in Altamira, Caracas., cc Andrés E. Azpúrua, modiofied,,_Caracas;_and_distressed_students_in_front_of_police_line.jpg

Despite some improvement in crime statistics over the past year, Venezuela remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Rwanda’s Vision 2020: Fruition or Failure?

cc ITU Pictures, Flickr, modified,

The Rwandan economic miracle is not without its costs.

China’s Naval Strategy in the East China Sea

The USS Ronald Reagan transits the South China Sea, cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, / SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 5, 2016) The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the South China Sea. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released) 160705-N-OI810-110

Exploring the strategic rationale behind the PLA Navy’s ongoing modernization program.

Will a Hydrocarbon Discovery in the Eastern Mediterranean Bring Peace to Cyprus?


A significant new energy discovery could give new impetus to resolving an old dispute.

Modi Doctrine and the Future of Indo-African Ties

ModiAfrica, cc Flickr Narendra Modi, modified,

Exploring the motivations and interests behind India’s re-engagement with Africa under Prime Minister Modi.

Soleimani Assassination to send Shockwaves through the Middle East and Beyond

cc Erfan Kouchari, modified, Tansim news agency,

Though the assassination will further destabilize the region, a large-scale conventional conflict remains unlikely.

Assessing France’s Future in the Sahel

Bakhane, cc Flickr US Army Africa, modified,

Despite some early successes for France’s counterterrorism intervention in the Sahel, the operation is now at risk of falling apart.

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