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Archive for the tag “Geopolitics”

What Happens When Putin Goes — And Will He Ever?

Vladimir Putin has been such a dominant figure in international relations since coming to power in 1999 that it’s hard to imagine a world without him. Moreover, Russia is so large — spanning 11 time zones — and so diverse in ethnic and socioeconomic terms, that’s it’s equally difficult to foresee Russian reaction to the absence of someone who has really functioned much like the czars of old. But nothing is eternal, not even in Mother Russia, so sooner or later, things will change.

Read Here – Ozy

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Why US Firms Are Giving The Cold Shoulder To China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Globalisation Strategy

In the US, China’s pan-Eurasian infrastructure initiative is more or less invisible outside of news reports from domestic media that mostly frame it as Beijing’s grand plan for geopolitical domination

Read Here – South China Morning Post

India Moves Mountains To Build Military Road To China Border

India is accelerating work on strategic roads to be able to move troops and supplies to the border faster and deploy sophisticated weapons if armed conflict breaks out. China already has extensive infrastructure on its side.

Read Here – Wall Street Journal

How Pakistan Warped Into A Geopolitical Monster

Pakistani strategic culture stems from pathological geopolitics infused with a Salafi jihadist ideology, suffused by paranoia and neurosis. The principal but not exclusive reason that Afghanistan has seen discernibly improved quality and quantity in its forces as well as fighting capacity, yet continues to face a strategic stalemate, is the Pakistani security elites’ malign strategic calculus.

Read Here – The National Interest

Saudis make Maldives land grab to secure oil routes to China

Saudi Arabia is seeking to secure oil trade routes to east Asia through a multi-billion dollar investment in a Maldives atoll, foreign policy experts and the Maldives’ former president have told Climate Home. The move could prefigure a Chinese military expansion into the heart of the Indian Ocean, one observer said.

Read Here – Climate Home

Deepening Japan-India Ties In An Uncertain Age

While there is little doubt about the ability of the long-standing alliance to ride out a few diplomatic storms, uncertainties about the Trump administration’s foreign policy direction remain…Under such a geopolitical climate, Japan will benefit from improving ties with other regional players, and it will likely pursue deeper ties with India — a natural partner for Japan.

Read Here – Japan Times

Cybersecurity In The Gulf: The Middle East’s Virtual Frontline

The Middle East, particularly the Gulf states, are quickly recognizing the urgent need for better cybersecurity, while regional adversaries such as Iran have begun weaponizing code as an extension of broader strategic goals within the region. What, though, is the Gulf’s current cybersecurity atmosphere, and how does Iran’s emerging use of offensive cyber capabilities fit into its broader strategy in the Middle East?

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

The Geopolitical Recession

This year marks the most volatile political risk environment in the postwar period, at least as important to global markets as the economic recession of 2008. It needn’t develop into a geopolitical depression that triggers major interstate military conflict and/or the breakdown of major central government institutions. But such an outcome is now thinkable, a tail risk from the weakening of international security and economic architecture and deepening mistrust among the world’s most powerful governments.

Read Here – Eurasia Group

Power Shifting As India Rises Above Its Former Rulers

In the days of the British Raj, India was a subject of British rule in terms of politics and economy. Fast forward 70 years and the situation has somewhat reversed with Indian companies, most notably Tata, influencing the British economy.

Read Here – Global Risk Insights

Strangle China’s Economy: America’s Ultimate Trump Card?

Winston Churchill once famously remarked that Bolshevism must be “strangled in its crib.” In that same spirit, should the United States now seek to strangle China’s economy as a means of deterring its aggression?

Read Here – The National Interest

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