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China Special Reports

China’s international partnerships: Beyond One Belt, One Road 

China is redrawing the global security map beyond Asia-Pacific. This article, the first in a four-part series, examines the background of China’s geopolitical restructuring efforts and how they have unfolded within the context of relations with a critical security partner, Bangladesh. 

Africa Under The Radar

Cameroon: Escalating Crisis in the Anglophone Regions

The escalation in Anglophone Cameroon began about two years ago and shows no signs of resolution. The international community should encourage the Cameroonian government and Anglophone separatists into meaningful dialogue.

Asia Pacific Politics

Russia and China: A pragmatic partnership

As sanctions continue, Sino-Russian relations – in many ways a pragmatic response to Western reproach – have been steadily developing. Russia’s eastward leaning strategy, or its ‘pivot to Asia,’ is largely coming in the form of energy relations and military cooperation with China.

Europe Security

A true European army is coming

French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent call for the creation of a ‘true European army’ was echoed in dramatic fashion by German chancellor Angela Merkel in mid-November and has brought the debate over a shared European military back into the public eye. This may mark a watershed moment in European politics.

Asia Pacific Security

China looks to increase its role in tackling global terrorism

As China’s military capabilities increase and with the rising risks terrorist groups pose to strategic areas of interest, Beijing is seeking to ensure its presence is felt further afield within the global effort to tackle terrorism.

Guest Post Security

Is the U.S. relying too much on Special Operations Forces?

Many Western military commanders consider Special Operations Forces (SOF) to be the perfect tool for almost any job. But are we using them effectively?

Europe Security

The state of Germany’s military readiness

The German military is dramatically under equipped to meet pressing international security challenges per a recent watchdog report.

Asia Pacific Security

Why a nuclear Japan would not solve the North Korea threat

Amid escalating rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington, some believe a North Korea-US war is a ‘real possibility’. It has been suggested that Japan should support the US and stabilize the

Europe Security

Sweden’s air-defense system is due for a major upgrade

Sweden’s outdated air-defense system spurs fierce competition over a billion-dollar contract, signaling growing security concerns.

Debate Corner Middle East/North Africa

Is the referendum on Kurdish independence a spark in a powder keg?

GRI Debate: Will the independence referendum in Kurdistan further destabilize Iraq and the region? Kurdish authorities announced on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq,