Environment

Nile Basin Water Wars: The Never-Ending Struggle Between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan

Blue Nile in Khartoum, cc FLickr Juri Knauth, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is approaching completion and regional partners are no closer to reaching a basin-wide agreement.

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.

US and Australia Move to Break China’s Monopoly, Secure Access to Rare Earth Minerals

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Rare earth minerals are becoming a consistent theme in US diplomacy and trade policy.

Is Afghanistan Still India’s “Achilles Heel” in Central Asia?

Afghanfarm, cc Flickr Ninara,modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With India’s help, Afghanistan is starting to realize its potential as the lynchpin of various regional connectivity networks.

With Aramco IPO, Riyadh Doubles Down on Economic Diversification

Riyadh skyline, modified, MO, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riyadh_Skyline_New.jpg

But geopolitics could get in the way of MBS’ reform program for the Saudi economy.

The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam

SubmergedTree in Laos, cc Basile Morin, modified, 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Submerged_tree_under_a_dark_and_cloudy_sky_in_Si_Phan_Don.jpg

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.

Fallout from Saudi Oil Facility Attack

Khurais_Oil_Processing_Facility,_Saudi_Arabia_by_Planet_Labs, cc Planet Labs Inc., modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Khurais_Oil_Processing_Facility,_Saudi_Arabia_by_Planet_Labs.jpg

Appraising the geopolitical and market fallout from the mysterious attack on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month.

Is Indonesia Abandoning Its Capital?

JakartaFlood, cc Flickr Seika, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified

Sure, Jakarta might be underwater in less than five decades. But doing something about it is easier said than done.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

Greenland, cc Flickr Greenland Travel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

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