Environment

IPCC Report: Demise of the ‘Here-Us-Now’ Civilization

Sunset, cc Flickr Giuliano Maiolini, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A new world of consensus and collaboration is not a better place. It is the only way for the human race to survive.

The Bering Strait: A New Chokepoint for Great Power Competition

The attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test submarine operability and war-fighting capability in Arctic conditions, also involves the USS Helena (SSN 725), the University of Washington and personnel from the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy. (Released), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Annapolis_ICEX.jpg

The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.

The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam

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As a country that’s particularly susceptible to climate change, Vietnam will face a daunting assortment of security, economic, and political challenges in the decades to come.

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.

Backgrounder: Malaysia’s Melaka Gateway

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Don’t expect this Belt and Road port to unseat Singapore as Southeast Asia’s premier transportation hub anytime soon.

China’s Evolving Arctic Policy: Two Geopolitical Threats

XueLon, cc Flickr Bernard Spragg. NZ, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

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: The Philippines

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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 the Philippine claim.

Water Conflict: Protests over Water, Pollution Flare in Iran

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A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.

Water Shortages: China’s Unrecognized Threat

Chinastream, cc Flickr Anita Ritenour, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

China faces a water crisis that won’t be solved until pricing aligns with the reality of this increasingly scarce resource.

Past Not Precedent in DRC Ebola Outbreak

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Democratic Republic of Congo poses unique challenges to local and international health authorities that they didn’t face in the 2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak.

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