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EU’s Global Gateway Takes Aim at Belt and Road

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Weighing in at over 300 billion euros, Global Gateway is no slouch. However, key questions remain surrounding Europe’s answer to Belt and Road.

Global Forecast (11-29-2021)

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Another civilian-military compromise in Sudan, the civil war spills its borders in Ethiopia, omicron roils global markets, and Turkey careens toward a currency crisis.

Three Laws Turn Up Heat on China’s Territorial Disputes

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Three new laws may be planting the seed for ‘hot’ territorial conflicts in the future.

Germany Enters the Post-Merkel Era

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The SDP-Greens-FDP coalition has laid out a policy framework that envisions significant changes in Germany’s domestic and foreign policies.

The Geopolitics of the Sudan Coup

On 7 April 2019, the second day of the sit-in, protestors were gathering infront of the Military Headquarter chanting for freedom, piece, and justice. People in the crowd told each other to turn on their phone torches., cc Ola A .Alsheikh, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=khartoum+protest+filetype%3Abitmap&title=Special%3ASearch&profile=advanced&fulltext=1&advancedSearch-current=%7B%22fields%22%3A%7B%22filetype%22%3A%22bitmap%22%7D%7D&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1#/media/File:Sudan_sit-in.jpg

Examining internal and external forces at work in the latest military coup in Sudan.

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.

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.

US Credibility at Stake amid Mounting Tensions with Turkey

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Credibility consequences abound if Washington doesn’t call Ankara’s bluff on a new F-16 purchase.

Afghanistan: Another Missed Chance for EU Strategic Autonomy?

English: The 44th Mechanized Battery Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, 2nd Platoon, conduct counter ambush and bounding techniques with light infantry soldiers and heavy armor CV90 tanks during exercise European Union Battle Group. European Union Battlegroup 2014-02, the European Union’s quick reaction force, is training 1,550 soldiers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia as part of the certification training. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Franklin R. Moore/Released) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:European_Battle_Group_Excercise_140220-A-OO646-027.jpg

Those hoping for greater EU strategic autonomy in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan are setting themselves up for disappointment.

Cambodia Naval Base Gets a Chinese Upgrade

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Cambodia insists work on a newly-dredged port and shipyard at Ream Naval Base is not being carried out to enable a permanent Chinese military presence. Washington is not so sure.

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