Energy Security

Global Forecast (06-28-2018)

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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.

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.

EU to Go It Alone on Iran Nuclear Deal

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With their economic interests imperiled and domestic public opinion squarely behind them, EU leaders are looking into ways to save the Iran nuclear deal. However, good policy options will be few and far between, particularly for EU companies with high exposure to the US market.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

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In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

Energy: A Basic Human Right

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It’s time to codify access to clean and reliable energy as a basic human right.

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.

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