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Middle East/North Africa Security

Water Shortage and Unrest in Iraq

Iraq is experiencing high youth unemployment rates and an ongoing protest movement motivated by socio-political grievances. The lack of water is contributing to unrest in the country.

China Security

Chinese ambitions in the East China Sea

A few weeks ago, the Twitter account of the Chinese state-run newspaper ‘People’s Daily’ published a video showing Chinese students creating the shape of China in a choreography. The inclusion of the so-called nine-dash line and a few islands to the northeast of Taiwan raises questions about Beijing’s maritime ambitions again.

Middle East/North Africa Security

US withdrawal from Syria: What next?

Changes in the US’ foreign policy in the Middle East took another turn when President Donald Trump announced that US troops were to withdraw from Syria.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Houthi threat to Saudi Arabia’s oil industry

The increasing missile, drone, and naval capabilities of the Houthis make the Saudi oil industry vulnerable to attack.

China Security

Chinese naval base in Cambodia

The undisclosed military pact between China and Cambodia constitutes another significant example of China pursuing dual-use infrastructure projects in the Asia Pacific – while simultaneously denying the existence of such projects.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Saudi Attacks: Dawn of a New Era in Warfare

The September 14 attack in eastern Saudi Arabia is unprecedented. A drone and missile strike claimed by Houthi rebels of Yemen damaged Saudi Arabia’s oil processing facilities. U.S. and Saudi officials claimed the incursion originated outside of Yemen implicating Iran as the main culprit.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Russia grows impatient with Turkey in Syria

On August 2, Syria’s warring factions announced a ceasefire to fighting in the last remaining stronghold of Idlib. It did not last long as three days later fighting resumed between the government and its opposition. 

Insights Security

Can Iran force Europe to defy US sanctions?

Iran has announced that it will enrich uranium beyond the limits mandated by the JCPOA (Iran deal). The announcement is an attempt to force the EU to deepen its efforts to alleviate the impact of biting US sanctions.

Security Under The Radar

An Indian Space Odyssey: Security and Economy

Several ISRO initiatives concerning the Indian space programme have been conducted. These reflect India’s growing wealth and technological capability.  

Asia Pacific Security

Australia-Japan alliance: A blueprint for something bigger?

Is the strengthening of bonds between Japan and Australia merely an attempt to balance China, or is it a sign of a more promising future?