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Opinion: Russia sanctions are a dangerous game

The United States (US) Government has deemed Russia responsible for violating international law by using chemical weapons against its own nationals in the UK. With this declaration, the US has unleashed, and is threatening further, sanctions against Russia. Can they bring forth change in US – Russia dynamic?

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Qatar: Beyond the blockade

The Qatar diplomatic crisis which began in June 2017 had negatively affected Qatar’s economy. However, it has weathered the blockade and welcomed financial recovery. Moreover, Doha has been expanding its portfolio of geopolitical and economic partners, signaling a new era of its global engagement.

Europe

Kosovo and Serbia: is a land swap a real possibility?

Both President Vučić of Serbia and President Thaçi of Kosovo have recently mentioned a land swap as a way of resolving their territories’ long standing dispute. So what would a land swap involve, and how likely is it to happen?

North America Security Technology and infrastructure

New US cyber policy suggests more active response to state threats

US cyber policy is shedding the overly-careful approach favored during the Obama era. While this carries an increased risk of escalation, it’s nonetheless necessary in a cyber arena of bad actors and poorly-defined norms.

Politics South and Central Asia

Maldives presidential election 2018: implications for India and China

This article examines the geopolitical implications of the outcome of the 2018 Presidential Elections in Maldives on India and China, arguing that the power balance between the Asian giants is likely to tilt towards India.

Europe Politics

Turkey’s expedited European extraditions

Turkey’s ongoing effort to dismantle the supporters for Fethullah Gülen has underlined its influence in southeast Europe, where multiple countries have hurried to comply with requested Turkish extraditions. This raises hard questions

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The Special Purpose Vehicle and the future of the Iran deal

In yet another sign of the US’ waning global leadership role on the Iran nuclear deal, the EU, Russia and China have set up an alternate payment mechanism called the Special Purpose Vehicle or SPV as a means to bypass any additional US sanctions.

Environment Natural resources and energy Politics Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

DRC Cobalt: A potential achilles heel of electric vehicles

With the global transition to electric vehicles (EVs), corporations are increasingly forced to rely on cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a culture of corruption, unscrupulous mining practices, and political instability threaten supply security.

Latin America Politics

Maduro regime unfazed by condemnation

In a historic rebuke, five Latin American nations urged the ICC to investigate the regime of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro for human rights abuses. Though this public denunciation is noteworthy, the main external threat to the Maduro regime comes not from its neighbors, but from Beijing.

Middle East/North Africa Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Saudi influence in Africa: A destabilising power?

Through its commercial, political and military ties with a number of African states, Saudi Arabia aims to increase the visibility of its foreign policy.