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Mali: Toward a New Civil War?

Toureg militias during the peace process following the 2012 Mali civil war, cc Magharebia, Wikicommons, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Mali_entame_le_dialogue_avec_les_Touaregs_(6972875286).jpg

Communal violence and displacement have returned to Mali. But unlike in 2012, this time tensions are flaring in the central regions.

How Iraq Is Helping Iran Survive US Sanctions

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Baghdad, Iraq, May 7, 2019., cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

A water truck in Kolhapur, Maharashtra; author: Arne Hückelheim, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:WaterTruckCropped.JPG

For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

Bloodshed Dodged or Simply Deferred? Transitional Deal Reached in Sudan

Anti-Bashir graffiti in Khartoum, Sudan. , cc Obai Alsadig , modified - https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=khartoum%20protest&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search

Following a long and violent protest movement, a transitional deal has finally been reached in Sudan. But can it bring democracy to the long-suffering country?

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

An S-300 anti-aircraft system missile launcher in a Russian military parade. , modified, cc SLonoed, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_view_of_a_S-300_launcher.JPG

Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

Next-Gen British Tempest Fighter Finds a Partner in Sweden

A Eurofighter Typhoon jet; the new, British-led consortium is seeking to build its replacement. CC Flickr, Max Pfandl, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In a blow to separate Franco-German efforts, Sweden has apparently signed onto the British-led consortium to build a next generation European fighter jet.

What a US-Iran War Would Look Like

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Zac and Nick discuss some of the military dimensions of a potential US-Iran conflict, and how Tehran might seek to maximize the costs of a US campaign.

Will Russia Betray Iran Again?

Presidents Rouhani and Putin, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hassan_Rouhani_and_Vladimir_Putin_(1).jpg

If history is any indication, don’t expect Russia to jump to Iran’s assistance in the event of a US military strike.

Macron in Last-Ditch Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

MacronTrump, cc Flickr White House, modified, public domain

However much the French president wants to save the Iran nuclear deal, Europe’s inability to insulate Tehran from US sanctions has already been laid bare.

Can the U.S. Break China’s Rare Earth Monopoly?

A strip mine near Globe Arizona, circa 1990; cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rare earths have emerged as a new variable in the US-China trade war. Is China’s near-monopoly on these strategic resources its ultimate trump card, or will US producers be able to diversify supply amid the new normal of bilateral tension.

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