Economy

How Iraq Is Helping Iran Survive US Sanctions

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Baghdad, Iraq, May 7, 2019., cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

A water truck in Kolhapur, Maharashtra; author: Arne Hückelheim, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:WaterTruckCropped.JPG

For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

Bloodshed Dodged or Simply Deferred? Transitional Deal Reached in Sudan

Anti-Bashir graffiti in Khartoum, Sudan. , cc Obai Alsadig , modified - https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=khartoum%20protest&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search

Following a long and violent protest movement, a transitional deal has finally been reached in Sudan. But can it bring democracy to the long-suffering country?

Macron in Last-Ditch Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

MacronTrump, cc Flickr White House, modified, public domain

However much the French president wants to save the Iran nuclear deal, Europe’s inability to insulate Tehran from US sanctions has already been laid bare.

UK-China Relations: To Bend or Break?

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Events in Hong Kong have put a strain on a bilateral relationship that London has been emphasizing over the course of successive governments.

Geopolitics and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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What is the geopolitical strategy underpinning China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

EU Inks Free Trade Deal with Mercosur

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Completed following decades of negotiation, the deal will create a market of over 770 million people. Was it worth the wait?

BIS Sounds Early Alarm on US Corporate Debt

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Are collateralized loan obligations brimming with toxic corporate debt just a little bit of history repeating?

Can the U.S. Break China’s Rare Earth Monopoly?

A strip mine near Globe Arizona, circa 1990; cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rare earths have emerged as a new variable in the US-China trade war. Is China’s near-monopoly on these strategic resources its ultimate trump card, or will US producers be able to diversify supply amid the new normal of bilateral tension.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

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Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

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