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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.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

The Baltic Republics: Burden or Blessing for NATO?

Natoflag, cc Flickr U.S. Army Europe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Revisiting the strategic rationale behind NATO’s expansion into the Baltic Republics.

Zimbabwe Finally Moves Out from Mugabe’s Shadow

An APC navigates a crowd during anti-Mugabe demonstrations in Zimbabwe. CC Flickr Zimbabwean-eyes, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

The passing of one of Africa’s iconic if divisive leaders marks the beginning of a new era for Zimbabwe.

Mexico’s Insular Transformation

AMLO close-up, cc Flickr Eneas De Troya, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

By singularly focusing on the domestic, AMLO’s ‘fourth transformation’ risks putting Mexican foreign policy behind by decades.

Navigating the Boris Backlash in the UK

BoJoGraff, cc Flickr Julian Tysoe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With nothing going according to plan for the Johnson government, a new election looms – but only after Brexit is delayed once again.

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 Geopolitics of the Black Sea

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Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.

Will Brexit Open the Door for an EU Army?

Eurofighter, cc Flickr Alan Wilson, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, modified,

The United Kingdom often scuttled attempts at greater EU integration on security matters, but the prospect of an EU Army will remain daunting after Brexit.

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

Presidents Xi and Putin, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/catalog/persons/351/events/54971/photos/49273, modified,

Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?

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