Energy Security

The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

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New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Canada’s Feud with the Saudis Will Inevitably End in Happy Hypocrisy

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The only question is: How long before Canada gives in?

FLASH: Vulnerable Emerging Markets

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Looking beyond Turkey, here are a few vulnerable emerging markets to keep an eye on.

In Defense of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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With every passing day, it becomes more obvious that scrapping the Iran nuclear deal was a strategic and diplomatic blunder.

China’s Evolving Arctic Policy: Two Geopolitical Threats

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With an expanding icebreaker fleet, land purchases around the GIUK gap, and perhaps even a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the near future, China is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Arctic.

South China Sea Dispute: Indonesia

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In the fourth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of Indonesia’s claim.

Africa: Playground for Asian Powers

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Indo-Japan Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) are playing to their strengths as the competition for Africa heats up.

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2

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Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

TAP Pipeline: Look Who’s Switching Off the Gas This Time

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It's not Moscow, but the new government in Rome that might be turning off the TAP and dooming the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project.

Global Forecast (05-28-2018)

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Another attempt at Taliban talks in Afghanistan, Venezuela’s oil industry struggles to fulfil its contracts, and Turkey secures a YPG pullout from Manbij.

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