Situation Reports

Nigeria’s Gas: Relief or Redux for the Resource Sector?

cc Flickr U.S. Institute of Peace, modified,

A global crisis – this time the COVID-19 pandemic – has once again underscored the dangers of Nigeria’s economic overreliance on oil.

Shame and Silence: Bacha Bazi in Afghanistan

A group of Afghan children in Mazari Sharif; these children are not Bacha Bazi. CC Flickr Afghanistan Matters, modified,

Detailing the abusive practice of Bacha Bazi – or ‘dancing boys’ – in Afghanistan.

COVID-19 Update: Brazil

cc Flickr Palácio do Planalto, modified,

Brazil now has the third-most active cases in the world, behind only Russia and the United States

China Turns the Economic Screws on Australia over COVID-19 Inquiry

cc Flickr U.S. Secretary of Defense, modified,

A new dynamic is emerging in China-Australia relations: Beijing brandishing the economic stick whenever Canberra steps out of line.

EU Enlargement and the Geopolitical Battleground of the Balkans

cc Flickr EU2018BG Bulgarian Presidency, modified,

The EU’s glacial enlargement process may fall foul to outside geopolitical players in the Western Balkans.

Australia and New Zealand Commit to Multi-State ‘Bubble’

cc Flickr WordRidden, modified, Flickr,

Australia and New Zealand have committed to opening up their borders to each other, and it’s possible this ‘bubble’ could be expanded in the near future.

Finding a Future for AFRICOM

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, modified,

Can AFRICOM survive another term of the Trump administration?

The Emerging Nexus of Strategic Intelligence, Geopolitics, and Finance

cc Flickr Dave Center, modified,

In terms of intelligence-gathering, the lines between public and private are becoming increasingly blurred. So too are those separating geopolitics from the world of finance.

US Policy and Astropolitics: The Dawn of Space Colonization?

cc Flickr Mark hall, modified, original credit NASA, public domain, Flickr

If past is any guide, ‘astropolitics’ above will mirror the geopolitical tensions below.

COVID-19 in Ukraine: Religion and Geopolitics in a Pandemic

cc Flickr Jennifer Boyer, modified,

Ukraine’s long-running religious schism has spilled into the country’s COVID-19 response.

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