Iran’s Lawfare In Europe Normalizes Its Geopolitical Strategy

In the months following the killing of Qassem Soleimani in January, Iran has employed a combination of lawfare, aggressive diplomacy, and non-violent active measures in Europe to normalize both its geopolitical agenda and its unsavory activities abroad. This new strategy is proving effective. By casting itself as victim rather than perpetrator, Iran is bridging the […]

Going Beyond The Single Market: Why Europe Must Become A Single Economic Territory (SET)

The COVID-19 crisis has triggered unprecedented government interventions across the EU, thereby exposing the pre-existing limitations of the Single Market. To avoid further internal divergence, the Single Market must upgrade to a Single Economic Territory that incorporates a common microeconomic approach. Despite Jacques Delors famously declaring that you cannot fall in love with the single […]

Kevlar seams of Russian doll

Protests against the “zeroing” of the country’s Constitution are scheduled for July 15 in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, the Libertarian Party, the Spring movement and Open Russia have applied for a rally. About a thousand participants are waiting for the rally. Given the high share of protest voting in the northern capital, […]

China’s Latest Crackdown in Hong Kong Will Have Global Consequences

On June 30, China passed a new national security law in Hong Kong that upended the city’s politics and threw the tech community into disarray. The law’s draconian provisions criminalize a range of activities and give law enforcement agencies power to carry out sweeping surveillance and censorship measures. Not only is the law designed to […]

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Road-Rail Connection Launched Amid Violent Border Clashes

China and Uzbekistan have opened a new transport corridor between one other, which could eventually form a key link in a much shorter inter-continental route connecting China to the Middle East and Europe. Tashkent trusts that the new corridor complements rather than competes with already-established trans-Eurasian transport routes via Kazakhstan and Russia (Podrobno.uz, June 6). […]

An Impending Assault On Idlib

While the world has been distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province remains volatile. The region, which has seen a period of relative calm, is on the brink of another major government offensive. Turkey has long sought the fall of the Assad regime and has conducted numerous incursions into northern […]

Azerbaijan To Purchase Turkish-Manufactured Combat Drones

The Azerbaijani government announced on Monday that it would purchase unmanned aerial combat vehicles from Turkey after receiving approval from its parliament. Speaking to a local TV broadcaster about the purchase of new weapons and military vehicles for the armed forces, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov said his country sought to purchase Turkish-made combat […]

Moscow’s Pursuit of Artificial Intelligence For Military Purposes

Moscow is consistently investing in research and development (R&D) programs with the goal to adopt and diversify its application of artificial intelligence (AI) for military purposes. This covers a broad spectrum of military uses for AI, including robotic systems, improved command and control (C2), enhanced weapons, as well as for demining operations (see EDM, June […]