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Geopolitics / International

Energy Cooperation Drives a Murky Venezuela-Iran Relationship

Jun 06, 2010 at 11:27 | Southern Pulse

During the course of May 2010, Iran and Venezuela continued to pursue agreements in the areas of security, business, housing, and so-called "non-aligned country" diplomacy. Energy, however, remains the mutual…

Georgia and Moldova Shocked at the Prospect of New EU Plan

Jun 02, 2010 at 14:55 | ISN Security Watch

Officials in Moldova and Georgia are reacting with concern to speculation that the EU is poised to remove special representatives appointed to their regions. If confirmed, the change would signal…

Chinese Plans to End US Hegemony in the Pacific

May 31, 2010 at 04:41 | Peter A. Buxbaum

The US is developing an air-sea battle concept to counter China's military buildup. But political problems and budgetary woes could kill the program before it ever gets started. China's People's…

Russia’s War Games Preparing for Conflict with the East

May 26, 2010 at 17:20 | Simon Saradzhyan

Russia should tackle negative socio-economic and demographic trends in the Far East and Siberia instead of reacting to China's continuing rise if it wants to head off the chances of…

NATO Not Learning Lessons in Afghanistan as it prepares for another Military "Triumph"

May 21, 2010 at 16:37 | Open Democracy

We need to break old assumptions if Afghanistan and Pakistan are to be secured. The term “exit strategy” often signifies a tacit admission of basic mistakes committed upon entering a…

Turkey Delays Breakthrough Gas Agreement with Azerbaijan

May 20, 2010 at 07:46 | Shahin Abbasov

In a surprise move, Turkey and Azerbaijan have postponed signing a package agreement on gas issues that had been touted as a strategic breakthrough on gas shipments to Europe. Turkish…

The Afghan Problem: Logistics, Re-supply & Growing Violence

May 18, 2010 at 08:43 | John Daly

Recent events highlight both the possibilities and fragility of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) presence in Afghanistan nine years after Operation Enduring Freedom began. There were a number of…

State Security: A Strategic Partnership between Moscow and the West

May 13, 2010 at 11:03 | Simon Saradzhyan

Russia, Europe and the US should form a firm alliance against common threats, which, if not addressed together, will grow to pose grave challenges to their security. On 9 May,…

Nuclear Apartheid: Trouble Brewing amongst Non-Nuclear States

May 10, 2010 at 12:26 | ISN Security Watch

The credibility of the nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake as the treaty risks collapsing under structural fissures created by its very birth. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference,…

The Political Cost of Military Bases in Post-Soviet Space

May 09, 2010 at 10:45 | John Daly

Governments with foreign military bases tend to shy away from publicity about their colonial outposts, and recent events in the post-Soviet space shine an unwelcome spotlight on US and Russian…

China Set to Supply Pakistan with Two New Nuclear Reactors

May 08, 2010 at 09:00 | Harsh Pant

As the UN’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference is underway in New York, reports that China is set to allow its state entities to supply two new nuclear reactors…

Economic Strategy of Turkmenistan

May 03, 2010 at 09:47 | Editorial Dept

In April 2010, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan made public his newly released “Economic strategy of Turkmenistan: Relying on the people, for the sake of the people.”  “…The…

Tension Builds in the Gulf of Guinea as Competition for Economic Resources Increases

Apr 02, 2010 at 16:39 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The strategic framework and the correlation of forces in the Gulf of Guinea — one of the most significant and growing energy resource regions of the world — is changing…

10 Geopolitical Predictions for 2010 & Short Term Strategic Outlook

Jan 30, 2010 at 18:38 | Gregory R. Copley

A great - and still growing - divergence appeared in 2009 between public statements by leaders and their public performance. The politicized, romanticized theater of increasingly populist “democratic” leaders and…

Changing the Balance of Power: 16 Geopolitical Megatrends Affecting Every Aspect of your Life

Jan 28, 2010 at 14:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Substantial and unmistakable signs of profound change in the global strategic framework have become concrete in the past year. The stress in the structure has already developed into fissures. The…

Oil, Politics and Power

Jan 21, 2010 at 17:14 | Claude Salhani

Oil and politics have always gone together for a simple reason; since oil became an indispensable commodity without which the world as we know it today would not function, countries…

The Great Oil Grab! How the Major Powers are Dividing the World's Resources

Dec 14, 2009 at 16:55 | Tejinder Singh

China and Russia will stay on tenterhooks for decades to come, on the question of sufficiency of energy supplies, notwithstanding the oil grab they have indulged in over the past…

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