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Can China Mend Its Ties With The West?

Can China Mend Its Ties With The West?

China is looking to mend…

Geopolitics / International

Beleaguered Iran Seeks Allies in Post-Soviet Space

Jun 08, 2012 at 17:01 | John Daly

Beset by rising rhetoric about a possible Israeli attack against its nuclear facilities, Iran is seeking full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as an additional layer of international diplomatic…

The U.S. Turns its Back on Europe, Allowing Russia and China to Approach

May 10, 2012 at 17:37 | Gregory R. Copley

Europe is at a pivotal point. Or, rather, it is at a point where its structural transformation can no longer be ignored. Events in Europe have finally led…

How Malaysian and French Elections could be Affected by the Submarine Scandal

Apr 20, 2012 at 17:31 | Gregory R. Copley

Malaysia’s submarine procurement scandal was, by mid-April 2012, spilling onto the French political scene, highlighting a range of political and strategic dilemmas which ultimately impact (and reflect) on the national…

5 Interesting Revelations from the Stratfor Memos

Feb 29, 2012 at 17:43 | Juan Cole

Wikileaks is publishing internal memos of the Stratfor security analysis firm. A few tidbits have emerged in these very early days, to wit: 1. Up to 12 Pakistani active-duty and…

Falklands Flare Up - Could a New Oil Find Re-Ignite an Old Conflict?

Feb 20, 2012 at 17:52 | John Daly

The Falkland Islands, a British windswept archipelago in the southern Atlantic off the coast of Argentina, last had its moment in the media spotlight three decades ago, when the two…

Natural Resource Depletion and the Changing Geopolitical Landscape

Jan 18, 2012 at 18:18 | Post Carbon

From competition among hunter-gatherers for wild game to imperialist wars over precious minerals, resource wars have been fought throughout history; today, however, the competition appears set to enter a new—and…

The Hemispheric Implications of Hugo Chavez's Illness

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:38 | John Daly

The recent dramatic pronouncement that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez underwent cancer treatment in Cuba reverberated far beyond Venezuela, depressing his allies and elating his enemies. While the leader of his…

Pakistan to Tax NATO Transit Supplies?

Jan 16, 2012 at 17:37 | John Daly

Consider – every single drop of fuel used by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces, largely composed of 90,000 U.S. military troops, must be brought into Afghanistan from outside the…

Obama Administration Finds Few Asian Takers for Oil Sanctions Against Iran

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:49 | John Daly

U.S. President Barack Obama recently signed a law imposing more sanctions on Iran's exports to punish Iran over its civilian nuclear uranium enrichment program, which Tehran insists is completely peaceful…

Ahmedinejad Visits Latin America, Washington Implores and Seethes

Jan 11, 2012 at 07:15 | John Daly

At the best of times, the U.S. government is regarded as somewhat out of touch with what’s happening in the American “heartland,” much less the world at large, so much…

Eight Strategic Factors to Consider in 2012

Jan 03, 2012 at 21:23 | Strategic Studies

Rarely in the past six decades has global context counted for as much in strategic forecasting — trend analysis — as it does at the dawn of 2012. Reliance on…

Afghan Newspaper Lambasts China as Rapacious Exploiter

Jan 03, 2012 at 21:05 | John Daly

With the news that the U.S. is holding secret talks with the Taliban in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, many Afghans are looking towards a future when military operations…

7 Geopolitical Predictions for 2012

Jan 03, 2012 at 19:13

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Pakistani Editorial Says Nuclear War with India "Inevitable" as Water Dispute Continues

Dec 08, 2011 at 18:42 | John Daly

Every now and again, one reads an editorial that stops the reader in his tracks. On 8 December, with the headline "War Inevitable To Tackle Indian Water Aggression," Pakistan’s Urdu-language…

Furious at Latest U.S. Attack, Pakistan Shuts Down Resupply Routes to Afghanistan "Permanently"

Nov 30, 2011 at 20:52 | John Daly

NATO recently literally shot itself in the foot, imperiling the resupply of International Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan by shooting up two Pakistani border posts in a “hot pursuit’ raid.…

Tensions Increasing Over Caspian Energy Riches

Nov 17, 2011 at 17:17 | John Daly

On 16 November in Astrakhan Lukoil president, Vagit Alekperov told journalists that his company will spend over $16 billion over the next decade to develop the country’s Caspian offshore Korchagin…

Is Occupy Wall Street Just the First Step in a Global Anxiety Attack

Oct 24, 2011 at 07:33 | Tyler Hamilton

There’s plenty of analysis out there about the Occupy Wall Street movement and its spreading global tentacles. What does it mean? What do the protesters want? Will it continue to…

Putin’s New Vision of Eurasia

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:50 | John Daly

Many western politicians have harbored deep suspicions of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Vladimorovich Putin since he first emerged on the Russian political stage in 1999. This is hardly surprising, given…

Turkey and Russia Spar Over Natural Gas Prices

Oct 03, 2011 at 16:12 | John Daly

While few people in the world have warm feelings for energy companies beyond perhaps their stockholders, Russia’s state-owned natural gas monopoly Gazprom has shown an unrivalled and unique capacity to…

Russia and Latin America - Deja Vu all Over Again

Aug 23, 2011 at 19:17 | John Daly

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein Twenty years ago this month, a hardliner coup failed in Moscow. Four months later…

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