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Warfare Evolved: Quantum Encryption

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Advances in quantum encryption could change the way that modern states conduct their intelligence-gathering.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

Global Forecast (1-10-2022)

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No ‘second-class’ members in NATO, CSTO troops sent to Kazakhstan, and inflation shows no signs of fading in the euro zone.

Assessing a Possible Moldova-Romania Unification

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Historical factors may point to a union, but any path is fraught with geopolitical and demographic hurdles.

AUKUS and France as an Indo-Pacific Power

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The AUKUS alliance has chipped away at the pillars holding up French power projection in the Indo-Pacific.

Backgrounder: China’s Military Modernization Comes of Age

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The latest defense department report on China’s military modernization suggests that Beijing is rapidly closing the capability gap with Western peers, particularly with regard to air, sea, and missile forces.

Warfare Evolved: Drone Swarms

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The advent of drones may have revolutionized modern warfare, but the disruptions are only getting started.

Outlook 2022: A Russian Invasion of Ukraine?

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2022 is projecting to be a year when something gives in the Ukraine civil war, one way or another.

China Seeks Atlantic Ocean Military Base

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US efforts to rebuff China’s geopolitical advances in Equatorial Guinea are highly reminiscent of the Cold War.

Azerbaijan Strengthens the Weakest Link of its Trilateral Diplomacy

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A new gas deal with Turkmenistan highlights the success of Azerbaijan’s recent triangle diplomacy.

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