December, 2020

  • 28 December

    Russia Moves East, India West, Straining Ties

    Year after year, Moscow is moving east, enhancing its ties to China. Year after year, New Delhi is moving west, building stronger links to the US. If this trend continues into the mid-term future, the two friendly countries might ultimately find themselves in the opposite geopolitical and economic blocks, and the Eurasian space will split into two pieces. Over time, Moscow and New Delhi will find it more challenging to maintain their bilateral cooperation even at the current levels, not to mention it is further deepening and broadening. 

  • 25 December

    What’s in Brexit Deal and Where Next for the UK and EU?

    It looks like the UK government will claim victory by arguing that it is now able to escape the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice while getting tariff and quota-free access for goods exported to the EU.

  • 20 December

    Exploring the Indian Ocean as a Rich Archive of History

    The deep Indian Ocean is far less studied than the depths of the other oceans, for economic reasons: it is ringed by underdeveloped countries.

  • 4 December

    Eurasian Unification is Holding Sway

    BRI is not a concept anymore but a functional reality from the east of Asia to the west of Europe and the territories in between. CPEC will be an enormous force-multiplier north to south, connecting China and Central Asia to Middle East and North Africa through Pakistan.

November, 2020

  • 29 November

    Ethiopia Regains Control of its Troubled Region But Will it Bring Peace?

    While TPLF may have been pushed TPLF out of Mekelle, it does not mean an end to the bloody conflict. Rather it may be the start of an insurgency and civil war.

  • 16 November

    Here is Why an All-out Civil War is Possible in Ethiopia

    If Tigray continues to engage with government forces, it could encourage other dissenting groups to do the same and potentially draw neighboring states into the conflict.

  • 13 November

    Turkmenistan Fails to Create Vast Lake in Karakum Desert

    Authorities prefer to pour money into huge vanity projects than invest in local water solutions to help long-suffering farmers, says writer and environmental activist Farid Tukhbatullin.

  • 11 November

    Why Populism in Europe Will Survive Trump’s Defeat

    There are three reasons European populists may still thrive in the post-Trump era.

  • 11 November

    Confronting Islamophobia with Dialogue

    What happened in France was wrong, the beheading was brutal and despicable, and in the circumstances the reaction of the French President was emotional but it was also wrong.  However, we must engage France (and the French President) in dialogue, not get engaged in overlapping emotions that could lead to more violence.

  • 5 November

    How Europe is Losing the Great Power Competition in Africa

    European activities in Africa risk unwittingly drifting onto territory contested by the US and China on their own terms.