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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.

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

Presidents Xi and Putin, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/catalog/persons/351/events/54971/photos/49273, modified,

Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

NATO Awacs, cc Flickr NATO E-3A Component, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

The Geopolitics of the Black Sea

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Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.

Mercenaries and the Wagner Group: What’s Old Is New Again

The Swiss Guard defends the royal family during the French Revolution in La Prise des Tuileries (10 août 1792), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tuileries_Henri_Motte.jpg, public domain

Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.

Tweets Alone Won’t Save Idlib from Tragedy

Presidents Erdogon and Putin, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/58574

It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

Russia’s Tanker Threats Shouldn’t Worry Ukraine

A Russian Tanker (not the actual one seized by Ukraine), author 'The Photographer,' modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_tanker_crossing_the_bridge_over_Lake_Maracaibo.jpg

If past is precedent, we won’t be seeing any real ‘consequences’ from the seizure of a Russian tanker by Ukraine.

What’s on the Table in Upcoming Russia-Ukraine Negotiations?

Zelensky inauguration, cc Mykola Lazarenko / The Presidential Administration of Ukraine, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Volodymyr_Zelensky_2019_presidential_inauguration_23.jpg

The Donbass will certainly be up for discussion – but what about the elephant in the room?

Georgia Protests Put Russia Reset on Hold

GeorgiaParliament, cc Berdo Maghularia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It appears as though the Georgian government has tumbled from the tightrope it has long been walking between Russia and the West.

Strategy through Partnership Is Key to NATO’s Future

cc Flickr, modified, U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Matrine, a crew chief with the 159th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, cleans the canopy on an F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the Louisiana Air National Guard at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, March 28, 2017. The 122nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, comprised of Louisiana and Florida Air National Guard members, conducted training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

The best path forward for NATO may not lie in expansion, but rather forging new partnerships with other regional organizations.

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