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Geopolitics

Gazprom: Angel or Demon?

Gazprom: Angel or Demon?

Jan 29, 2010 at 02:55 | Philip H. de Leon

Gazprom faces regular opprobrium for its bullying ways of using energy as a pressure and political tool. Seen by some, mostly Russians, as the symbol of a successful and strong…

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

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…

Despite Financial Constraints, Indonesia Continues to Slowly Modernize its Defenses

Despite Financial Constraints, Indonesia Continues to Slowly Modernize its Defenses

Jan 27, 2010 at 14:21 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Indonesia, although a considerable distance from being a state capable of projecting power, has begun to bring greater focus to its strategic situation, and, at the same time, it is…

Oil, Politics and Power

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…

America: Export Nation?

America: Export Nation?

Jan 20, 2010 at 16:09 | Dave Forest

There’s some interesting data emerging on the world trade situation. One of the surprising things is the U.S. export market is actually fairing reasonably well. People often pan America for…

Media and Political Hysteria Over Yemen Hides a Deeper Strategic Matrix of Long-Term Importance

Media and Political Hysteria Over Yemen Hides a Deeper Strategic Matrix of Long-Term Importance

Jan 19, 2010 at 15:37 | Gregory R. Copley

US and Western European political leaders have begun to focus on Yemen as a source of projected instability and as a haven for jihadist terrorism against the West. This simplistic…

Nigeria's Constitutional Dilemma Coming to an Unpredictable Head

Nigeria's Constitutional Dilemma Coming to an Unpredictable Head

Jan 12, 2010 at 22:39 | Gregory R. Copley

Nigerian Pres. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, 59, through failing health, is clearly no longer in control of the Government. Some are proclaiming that the "post-Yar'Adua era" has begun in Nigerian politics,…

The US Finds its Superpower Structure and Capital are Insufficient to Cope with a Transformed World

The US Finds its Superpower Structure and Capital are Insufficient to Cope with a Transformed World

Jan 11, 2010 at 20:56 | Gregory R. Copley

The United States of America, in global strategic terms, is tumbling down a series of misadventures, declining in a “step of sighs” through frustrating economic and military endeavours as it…

Land-locked Central Asian Oil Country Plays Important Role from Vancouver to Vladivostok

Land-locked Central Asian Oil Country Plays Important Role from Vancouver to Vladivostok

Jan 07, 2010 at 16:48 | Philip H. de Leon

2010 is starting with a decision that faced heated debates: Kazakhstan will hold the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for one year, despite what…

Sharoudi Emerging as Candidate to Replace Khamene'i as Iranian Supreme Leader

Sharoudi Emerging as Candidate to Replace Khamene'i as Iranian "Supreme Leader"

Jan 05, 2010 at 17:53 | Yossef Bodansky

Very senior officials in several Persian Gulf states have confirmed to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs a growing volume of whispers coming from Tehran since mid-December 2009 which identify Iranian Ayatollah…

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