Energy Security

South Africa’s Energy Conundrum

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President Ramaphosa inherited a dire national energy outlook, but one that’s not without its own opportunities.

Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin

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Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Africa Looks to China and Beyond for Its Energy Development

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A developing Africa needs an energy policy that works with several external partners and reconciles industrial progress with environmental sustainability.

Italy Returns to the Horn of Africa

Around 200 Somali graduates completed Italian Mission Training 5, a nearly three-month training program where they learned policing skills as part of an agreement between Italy and Somalia at the Djibouti Police Academy, June 23, 2016. The course taught the trainees skills in crime scene investigation, counterterrorism intervention, riot control, environmental protection and others. During the ceremony, Italian Army Col. Renato Chicoli thanked the trainees, Somali Police Forces, as well as the National Gendarmerie and police of Djibouti for their dedication to the success of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton/Released)

After a three-decade absence from the Horn of Africa, Italy is re-engaging with the region – and its ambitions go well beyond the issue of migration.

How Belt and Road Is Upending the Beijing Consensus

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When it comes to coal, Beijing is preaching water but drinking wine.

The Road Ahead: Examining South Africa’s New International Strategy

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It’s time for President Ramaphosa to break with recent past and reassert the moral and multilateral imperatives in South African foreign policy.

Great Power Politics Comes to Venezuela

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The Kremlin will be looking to duplicate its recent Syrian success by propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela. But just like with Bashar al-Assad, support comes at a price.

High-Tech Domination and the US-China Trade War: AI Is Cheapening Authoritarian Governance

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As a path to economic success and a way to cement its rule, AI represents a lucrative frontier for the Chinese Communist Party. So although Made in China 2025 might be forced to change its branding, the core of the policy isn’t going anywhere.

Backgrounder: Iran’s Chabahar Port

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Examining the geopolitical ramifications of Chabahar port, India’s first major foray into regional connectivity projects.

Venezuela Crisis: Energy Market Impact

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The diplomatic showdown between the United States and Venezuela will resonate in global oil prices, but not nearly as much as it might have in previous years.

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