Environment

Continuity and Change in the Rise of Brazil

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Assessing the geopolitical circumstances surrounding Brazil’s potential rise as a great power.

Can Prime Minister Sunak Square the Circle of Brexit?

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Sunak’s may be a steady hand, but he is leading an unsteady country with an in-tray of unenviable proportions.

US Vulnerable to Future Copper Supply Squeeze

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The red metal has not garnered the type of political attention that other critical inputs like lithium and cobalt have, but that doesn’t mean that US copper supply chains are secure.

GUAM 2.0: Can Free Trade Revive the Forgotten Regional Bloc?

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A new trade deal between Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova could give new life to the long-dormant regional grouping.

US Lithium Industry: Thacker Pass

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The story of Thacker Pass – the future jewel in the crown of the US lithium industry – illustrates many of the challenges in shoring up US supply lines of critical inputs for green technology.

Could Canadian Crude Improve European Energy Security?

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If Canada is to help improve European energy security amid the Ukraine war, it must start delivering crude oil to Europe immediately. But how viable are these deliveries given Canada's export focus on the United States?

Japan: An Empire Reawakened?

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Growing multipolarity in the international system raises some interesting questions for Japanese foreign policy going forward. Is Tokyo about to step out of Washington’s shadow?

Pelosi’s Visit and the New Normal in Taiwan

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The contours of a ‘new normal’ are beginning to solidify in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit.

‘Twice in a Lifetime’ Floods Ravage Pakistan

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Just 12 years removed from devastating floods in 2010, Pakistan is reeling from another extreme weather event, with long-term political and economic risks abound.

Assessing Potential Outcomes of the Ukraine War

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All potential outcomes point to the same fact: the Ukraine war has changed modern geopolitics.

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