Volume 25, 2020 Vol 24, 2019 Vol 23, 2018 Vol 22, 2017 Vol 21, 2016 Vol 20, 2015 Vol 19, 2014 Vol 18, 2013 Vol 17, 2012 Vol 16, 2011 Vol 15, 2010 Vol 14, 2009 Vol 13, 2008 Vol 12, 2007 Vol 11, 2006 Vol 10, 2005 Vol 9, 2004 Vol 8, 2003 Vol 7, 2002 Vol 6, 2001 Vol 5, 2000 Vol 4, 1999 Vol 3, 1998 China, meanwhile, has been pushing the story that the coronavirus was bioengineered in a US army lab. by Ben Buchanan. Conditioned by the geopolitical specifics of its location as viewed from the point of the Rimland theory, Russia is currently in a deadlock of choosing between its national integrity and the reconciliation with the current world leaders, including major states of Europe and the United States of America, which explains its focus on defensive power. First in a new series, this article examines factors impacting lithium demand over the next decade. The numbers are in: The past decade has been the warmest in recorded history. Tim Marshall examines the backdrop to current geopolitical struggles in Belarus When military strategists in London, Moscow, Warsaw, Washington and elsewhere look at the political chaos in Belarus they could be forgiven for thinking, ‘Mind the gap’. A geopolitical lens: July 2020 Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer on the implications of COVID-19 and the geopolitical recession, including the impact on global trade and cooperation. White House Transition to Continue Trajectory of US-Vietnam Relations Who is backing who in simmering geopolitical tensions over energy deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean? In Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, Michael R. Auslin presents a series of essays touching on major security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. Now both the U.S. and Iran are struggling to deal with their own domestic outbreaks of the coronavirus, meaning that both sides have even less incentive to go to war with one another. Verdict: While coronavirus decreases the risks of U.S. policy toward Iran, it increases them in Syria and Iraq. And while climate change still represents the greatest physical and existential threat the world faces, the immediacy with which the issue was being treated has been supplanted by the near-term crisis of coronavirus. New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. There are no guarantees that will be the case going forward, especially as the country is three times as crowded as China in terms of population density and has nowhere near the same kind of health and political response capacity as China. That would become apparent through increased tech regulation, stricter enforcement/utilization of trade rules and tariffs, and even increased military cooperation among the European bloc’s remaining member states. With the largest economy in the world, 450 million people, and defense spending comparable to Russia’s, the continent could be a colossus. Yet though more critical of China, the tone has remained noticeably diplomatic. Oil Collapse and Covid-19 Create Toxic Geopolitical Stew. Combined with the recent collapse of oil prices following Russia and Saudi Arabia’s decision to enter an oil-price war, leaders of oil-producing countries like Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico need to brace for some difficult weeks ahead; so too the rest of Latin America, whose health system and underlying infrastructure will be tested like never before in the coming weeks and months… all while a population already on edge watches on. All this, and we’re still in the early days of the coronavirus changing life as we know it. To understand China’s foreign policy toward India and bordering ASEAN countries, one must understand its national water crisis. Misguided US policy towards Shia-led countries in the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Syria) was pushing the region towards instability, we warned back in January. By Christian Takushi MA UZH, Macro Economist & Geopolitical Strategist. The majority of white Southerners opposed this policy vehemently. But as the world’s problems began to mount and governments struggled to keep up, people began looking to multinational corporations (MNCs) to help address many of the issues that were plaguing the societies in which these multinationals operated and extracted profit. Recent data paints a bleak picture of economic recovery in the United Kingdom. As Mehdi Mozaffari (2020) underlines, the main question concerns the compatibility of the current global system with a world made up of a plurality of civilizations (where civilization is defined as world vision and historical formation). We continue to be worried about that… but so far India has managed to handle the coronavirus outbreak quite well. At the same time though, a significant coronavirus outbreak in Iraq and Syria could deal real blows to two countries struggling to pick up the pieces and stabilize themselves, which U.S. policy wasn’t helping them do in the first place.