Russia’s Discreet Satisfaction Over Georgia’s Anaklia Port Debacle

Since the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991, a perpetual high priority for the Russian Federation has been to maintain or extend Moscow’s influence over the other former Soviet republics as far as possible, particularly in the military sphere. This is especially notable in the Black Sea region, where post-Soviet […]

As Global Oil Market Gets Into Turmoil, Russian Currency Fall Intensifies, Frustrating Putin’s Ambitions

The rouble – the Russian national currency, is weakening more and more against the dollar and the euro as well as plummeting oil price as the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar has exceeded R75 for the first time since February 2016. The dollar exchange rate for “tomorrow” jumped R2.14 to R75.0950, and the single […]

Israel Adopts New Africa Policy Through UAE

On his visit to Uganda on Feb. 3, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. This development indicates the emergence of a new approach in terms of Israel’s policies on the African continent. In the framework of this approach, Israel is now speaking through one or more […]

Global Rivalry For Africa Intensifies

Major global powers are, once again, competing for rich natural resources, market potential, and influence opportunities offered by the African continent. The continent bore witness to the imperial struggles of colonist countries and their efforts for gaining access to new markets and accumulating more resources following the industrial revolution during the first “scramble for Africa” […]

INSTC Vs. BRI: The India-China Competition Over The Port Of Chabahar & Infrastructure In Asia

Introduction The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the central component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in South Asia, has been a source of significant attention and controversy (China Brief, January 12, 2018; China Brief, February 15). Parts of South Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe, however, are also host to another ambitious […]

Economic forecasters got the 2010s wrong. What will the next decade bring?

After the turn of the millennium, the United States suffered its weakest decade of economic growth in the post-World War II era, and served as ground zero of the global financial crisis. Forecasters predicted a long American decline. Instead, over the course of the 2010s, the United States staged a comeback as an economic superpower […]

The Role Of The Arctic In Chinese Naval Strategy

Introduction In her recent China Brief article, Dr. Anne-Marie Brady examined the prospect of China deploying military power to the Arctic (China Brief, December 10). Applying the methods she used in her pathbreaking 2017 book, Brady draws from authoritative Chinese sources to demonstrate the growing importance of the Arctic in China’s strategic calculus. She also […]

Germany may delay Nord Stream 2 construction over bird migration issues

The pipeline route goes through the wintering areas in the Baltic Sea. German environmentalists say the government should turn down the request by the Nord Stream 2 operator to pursue with construction through the winter, a time when migrating birds choose their wintering grounds. Kim Detloff, an activist with the Union for Conservation of Nature […]