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Geopolitics and Conflict Potential in Central Asia and South Caucasus

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How has Central Asia avoided the protracted territorial disputes of Ukraine and the South Caucasus? In a word: geography.

Kashmir’s Geopolitical Significance is Growing by the Day

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New connectivity projects like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the International North-South Transportation Corridor are making Kashmir more geopolitically important than ever before.

South China Sea Dispute: Vietnam

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In the second article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military viability of Vietnam’s claim.

America’s Chinese Headache in the Horn of Africa

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US economic and political influence is waning in the Horn of Africa, and that’s bad news for civil society there.

Muqtada al-Sadr Closes in on Surprise Win in Iraq Elections

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The avowed foe of both the United States and Iran has seized on popular grievances to win last week’s election, but forming a government won’t be easy.

Cambodia-Laos Border Dispute: Geopolitical Flashpoint or Playing Politics?

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The Cambodia-Laos border dispute has a peculiar a way of only flaring up ahead of election season.

President Trump Scraps the Iran Nuclear Deal

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President Trump has made good on his campaign promise to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.

South China Sea Dispute: China

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In this first article of a new series on claimants in the South China Sea dispute, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and island-building underpinning China’s claim.

Global Forecast (05-07-2018)

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President Erdogan campaigns on Manbij and the Iran nuclear deal nears its deadline day.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

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

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