Energy Security

Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

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Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

Merkel Changes Her Tune on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

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For the first time ever, the German Chancellor has acknowledged the geopolitical sensitivities surrounding the controversial pipeline project.

Brunei Abandons South China Sea Claim for Chinese Finance

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The first domino of ASEAN claimant states has fallen as Brunei goes silent on the South China Sea dispute in exchange for closer economic cooperation with China.

Water Crisis Deepens the Misery in Afghanistan Civil War

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Water crisis and civil war continue to feed into one another in Afghanistan.

DRC: Cutting off Kabila’s Cobalt Fix

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Joseph Kabila has promised new elections, but recent moves regarding the DRC’s mining code suggest he may have other plans.

Trump Expands His Trade War to China

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The opening volleys have been fired in the long awaited US-China trade war.

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea?

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Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.

Ethiopia: A Geopolitical Time Bomb in the Making

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Ethiopia’s climate-sensitive economy, growing population, and inter-ethnic conflict make it a geopolitical time bomb primed to explode.

Climate Change: Unfit for the Residual Heat

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New strategies must be explored to address the climate change elephant in the room: industrial heat.

New Delhi and Beijing’s Struggle for Influence over the Maldives

141009-N-TW634-284 INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2014) Maldivian Coast Guard service members practice using a shepherd’s hook while conducting visit, board, search and seizure training with Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60). Rodney M. Davis, stationed in Everett, Wash., is on patrol in the Indian Ocean in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)

There is a geopolitical dimension to the dramatic events unfolding in the Maldives.

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