Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf

by James M. Dorsey China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals.

Climate Change: UAE and Russia Eye Geopolitical and Commercial Mileage

by James M. Dorsey Climate change, much like war, could prove to be a geopolitical and commercial gold mine. At least, that is the take of DP World, Dubai’s global port operator, and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Amid Georgia-Russia Crisis, U.S. Stays Quiet

by Joshua Kucera As Georgia finds itself in the deepest crisis with Russia since the 2008 war between the two countries, Tbilisi’s closest ally, the United States, has been conspicuously quiet.

Keep America Great (Don’t Count on It!)

by Dilip Hiro Make America Great Again? Don’t count on it. Donald Trump was partly voted into office by Americans who felt that the self-proclaimed greatest power on Earth was actually in decline — and they weren’t wrong. Trump is… Continue Reading  

Russia’s Potential Response to a U.S.-Iran Conflict

by Thomas Buonomo Russia’s swift military intervention in 2015 to maintain the Syrian regime in power should give American policymakers reason to be wary of war with Iran, which would expand across Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and the Gulf.  As… Continue Reading