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Geopolitics / International

China Eyes Partnership With Gulf Countries For Space Exploration

Aug 25, 2023 at 09:03 | Oxford Business Group

In the push to embrace emerging technologies and harness their potential commercial opportunities, Gulf countries are launching new initiatives to bolster their domestic space industries. In…

Water Shortages In Central Asia Puts Historic Alliance To The Test

Aug 25, 2023 at 08:44 | RFE/RL staff

The video recorded on a Kazakh farmer's smartphone reached the Internet like a distress signal. "Zhambyl Province. Sugar beet. There is no water. The beet has…

Saudi Arabia, OPEC Powers Invited To Join BRICS

Aug 24, 2023 at 10:28 | Alex Kimani

OPEC heavy-hitters Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iran as well as Argentina, Egypt and Ethiopia have received an invitation by the 5-nation BRICS organization…

BRICS Expansion Could Reshape Global Energy Markets

Aug 22, 2023 at 08:49 | Cyril Widdershoven

From August 22nd to 24th, BRICS leaders are set to convene in South Africa, marking a pivotal moment for this loosely knit coalition of major non-Western nations including Brazil, Russia,…

Russia’s Space Dreams Shattered As Luna-25 Crashes On The Moon

Aug 22, 2023 at 08:35 | RFE/RL staff

On August 18, 1976, a 4-meter-high spacecraft called the Luna-24 touched down on the Mare Crisium, a flat plain in the moon’s northern hemisphere. Four days later, the…

Ruble Plunge Sends Waves Across Central Asia's Economies

Aug 21, 2023 at 08:41 | RFE/RL staff

Bakytbek Ysmanov, a 64-year-old native of Kyrgyzstan, has been working in Russia for 15 years. In the past 12 months he has watched the ruble fall…

Tanker Suspected Of Carrying Iranian Oil Offloads Near Texas

Aug 21, 2023 at 03:29 | Charles Kennedy

A tanker suspected of carrying Iranian crude oil has offloaded near Texas, the AP reports, adding the cargo was offloaded on another tanker. The U.S.…

What To Expect From This Week’s BRICS Summit

Aug 18, 2023 at 09:22 | Michael Kern

This week, Johannesburg will play host to the 15th BRICS summit, a pivotal gathering of emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.  This year’s conclave aims to…

UN Official Calls For Immediate Relief In Nagorno-Karabakh

Aug 17, 2023 at 08:48 | RFE/RL staff

??A senior UN official told the United Nations Security Council on August 16 that the delivery of humanitarian relief to Nagorno-Karabakh by the International Committee of the Red…

Hungary Takes On EU In Sanctions Showdown

Aug 16, 2023 at 08:55 | RFE/RL staff

Before heading off on their summer break, the ambassadors of the 27 EU member states agreed to review some of the individual sanctions on the mainly Russian people…

Black Sea Trade Nexus Could Boost Georgia’s Geopolitical Position

Aug 15, 2023 at 08:45 | RFE/RL staff

In the 20 years that Data Gabelia has worked at the Hotel Anaklia, he's seen the fortunes of the Black Sea resort town of 1,500 people rise and…

Brussels’ Balancing Act: Sanctions, Potash, And Politics

Aug 14, 2023 at 08:59 | RFE/RL staff

When the European Union officially imposed another round of restrictive measures on Belarus on August 3, it put an end to one of the longest-running sanctions sagas in…

The Sahel Tug-of-War: U.S. And Russia Face Off For Influence In Niger

Aug 10, 2023 at 08:32 | RFE/RL staff

After a series of coups swept across Africa’s impoverished Sahel states over the past three years, leading to a larger Russian military presence, U.S. Secretary of State Antony…

Moscow Trades Rails For Waves In Strategic Pivot

Aug 09, 2023 at 09:17 | The Jamestown Foundation

Via the Jamestown Foundation When Moscow announced plans in 2000 for the creation of a north-south trade corridor, its initial goal was to…

Beijing's Bid For Global Influence Tested In Ukraine Summit

Aug 09, 2023 at 09:14 | RFE/RL staff

China joined international diplomatic talks in Saudi Arabia on August 6 for a two-day summit with officials from 40 countries designed to find a framework for peace in…

U.S. And China Locked In Underwater Tug-of-War

Aug 08, 2023 at 08:36 | The Jamestown Foundation

Via the Jamestown Foundation In May 2018, the World Bank opened bidding to “all eligible firms from any country” on a $72.6 million…

Pentagon Considers Armed Protection For Oil Tankers In Strait Of Hormuz

Aug 04, 2023 at 09:03 | ZeroHedge

The Pentagon is pursuing strategic ways to prevent further seizures of international vessels by Iran's military, particularly in and near the vital Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf…

Georgia Halts Re-Export Of Western Cars To Russia And Belarus

Aug 04, 2023 at 08:12 | Eurasianet

Citing Western sanctions, Georgia is banning the re-export and transit of cars imported from the United States and the European Union to Russia and Belarus. The booming re-export…

The Implications of Georgia's Strategic Partnership With China

Aug 02, 2023 at 08:50 | Eurasianet

The inauguration of a "strategic partnership" between Tbilisi and Beijing has been widely celebrated by Georgian government circles but viewed warily by critics. The announcement, made…

Global Powers Are Vying For Influence In Eurasia

Aug 01, 2023 at 08:32 | The Jamestown Foundation

Via the Jamestown Foundation On June 23, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia established a joint logistics company to improve cargo transportation between Central Asia…

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