Commodities

Can US Corporate Debt Markets Weather a Recession?

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With a recession looming on the horizon, the COVID-era grace period of cheap money has nearly run its course.

Will UPR 41 Stand in the Way of India’s UNSC Dream?

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The UNHCR’s Universal Periodic Review is muddling the case for a permanent seat at the UNSC.

Continuity and Change in the Rise of Brazil

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Assessing the geopolitical circumstances surrounding Brazil’s potential rise as a great power.

Wheat Prices Dip as Russia Returns to Ukraine Deal

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As posturing goes, Russia’s threat to leave the Ukraine wheat deal was abnormally short-lived. What changed the Kremlin’s mind?

Global Forecast (10-18-2022)

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Russia shifts its tactics in Ukraine, China delays a key economic data release, and US-Saudi ties continue to deteriorate.

Understanding the ‘Shiite Crescent’ as Iranian Grand Strategy

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Examining the ideological underpinnings, goals, and challenges concerning Iranian grand strategy, as understood by the desire to establish a ‘Shiite Crescent’ across the Greater Middle East.

US Vulnerable to Future Copper Supply Squeeze

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The red metal has not garnered the type of political attention that other critical inputs like lithium and cobalt have, but that doesn’t mean that US copper supply chains are secure.

GUAM 2.0: Can Free Trade Revive the Forgotten Regional Bloc?

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A new trade deal between Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova could give new life to the long-dormant regional grouping.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Lithium Supply

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New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. This article examines factors impacting lithium supply over the next decade.

US Lithium Industry: Thacker Pass

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The story of Thacker Pass – the future jewel in the crown of the US lithium industry – illustrates many of the challenges in shoring up US supply lines of critical inputs for green technology.

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