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Hong Kong Protests Spiral into Violence

HKProtest, cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With all paths to a political solution blocked off, violence continues to worsen on the streets of Hong Kong.

Spain Elections: New Poll, Same Deadlocked Politics?

PSOEballoons, cc Flickr Contando Estrelas, modified, https://flickr.com/photos/elentir/

Summary The victory of Pedro Sanchez and his Spain’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) in April  this year was supposed to usher in a new era of political stability after the sudden decline and fall …

Nile Basin Water Wars: One Step Closer to an Agreement

Combined GERD leaders smile at the White House, cc Flickr White House, modified, public domain

Recent negotiations have offered a ray of hope in the longstanding water conflict.

Mozambique: Democracy in Distress

FrelimoPosters, cc Flickr Andrew Moore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The peace process involving Mozambique’s rival political factions is at risk of breaking down, with development of its substantial energy resources hanging in the balance.

Nile Basin Water Wars: The Never-Ending Struggle Between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan

Blue Nile in Khartoum, cc FLickr Juri Knauth, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is approaching completion and regional partners are no closer to reaching a basin-wide agreement.

The Bering Strait: A New Chokepoint for Great Power Competition

The attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test submarine operability and war-fighting capability in Arctic conditions, also involves the USS Helena (SSN 725), the University of Washington and personnel from the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy. (Released), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Annapolis_ICEX.jpg

The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.

Hariri Resignation Plunges Lebanon into the Unknown

Beirut_Protests_2019, cc Shahen Araboghlian, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=beirut+protest&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=11jkeigpin9egre7wgrnrog6r#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3ABeirut_Protests_2019.jpg

The political process has ground to a halt in one of the most deadlocked democracies in the world. Default or civil war could be next.

PLA Navy Unveils New Coastal Assault Capability with the Type 075

The PLA Navy's Liaoning aicraft carrier, cc rhk111, modified, Flickr, (eng.chinamil.com.cn / Photo by Zhang Lei), public domain,

The Type 075 amphibious assault ship fills a longstanding capability gap of the PLA Navy.

Chabahar Port Update

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Years removed from an extensive renovation and inaugural shipments, what effect is Chabahar port having on regional trade flows?

Peronists Declare Victory in Argentina’s Back-to-the-Future Elections

Argentina22, cc Flickr Beatrice Murch,modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Macri’s defeat marks a setback for right-wing politics in an increasingly volatile region.

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