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Ukraine Remains at Epicenter of New Cold War: Scholar / Sputnik International

Ukraine Remains at Epicenter of New Cold War: Scholar / Sputnik International | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
Angelo d’Orsi, a professor of history at the University of Turin, was interviewed by the Center for International Journalism and Research of the International Information Agency “Rossiya Segodnya.”
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China Wants To Turn The Indian Ocean Into The China Ocean

China Wants To Turn The Indian Ocean Into The China Ocean | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

China wants to turn the vast Indian Ocean into the China Ocean—when it comes to investment and commerce, that is. To execute this grand plan, Beijing is investing heavily in several infrastructure projects. Like Sri Lanka’s ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which give Beijing a trade outpost into the Indian Ocean. And the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a colossal infrastructure project, which connects China’s western territories to the Indian Ocean..

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Logistics of Ballistics: Power and Politics in the Global Missile Network

Logistics of Ballistics: Power and Politics in the Global Missile Network | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

Who proliferates and why? Extant scholarship focuses heavily on the potential effects of weapons transfers. Scholars have sought to understand the relations created and sustained by weapons transfers and the effects on conflict dynamics such as regional and enduring rivalry, superpower competition, and strategy in war, as well as alliance yoking and foreign policy coordination. These analyses focus on the downstream effects of weapons rather than the structure of the network itself.

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AD 2017: The Year of Counterrevolutions

AD 2017: The Year of Counterrevolutions | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

Just before Christmas US President Donald Trump staged a great show in front of the White House: with much pomp he praised the key players in the team which ensured Victory, Year 1. Of course they all praised him, which is an amazing achievement given he has been heavily criticizing some of them not so long ago. One way or another, the Businessman President has proven that he can deliver. With such a headwind from all sides, the reinvigorated economy, the almost-done Obamacare thing, and the tax cuts vote, he has demonstrated he knows how to get things done. Similarly, in a “just five minutes to midnight” mode embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May has managed to claw in a precious deal, for the project of her life named BREXIT. AD 2017: The Year of Counterrevolutions. Photo: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Europe-Brexit-United-Kingdom-England-Eu-Puzzle-2070857

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Importance Of NATO’s Incirlik Airbase For Turkish-American And Israel Relations

Importance Of NATO’s Incirlik Airbase For Turkish-American And Israel Relations | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
Constructed in 1955 with US assistance, the facility was NATO’s most important “southest wing” airbase during the Cold War. For over 60 years, NATO’s Incirlik Airbase served as a deterrent to possible Soviet expansion and proved valuable in handling various crisis in the Middle East. According to the World Island theory of Mackinder “ who controls the rimland rules Eurasia, who rules Eurasia controls the destines of World.” To that end, the enunciation of the Truman Doctrine on March 12,1947 led to the expansion of U.S defense ties to Turkey and laid the ground work for Turkey’s eventual incorporation in NATO. Turkey’s strategic importance to the United States provided a bridge to the Arab world and served as a stabilizing force in the Middle East; hence, the continued access to Incirlik Airbase remains important factor for preserving U.S national interest in the Greater Middle East.
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How renewables will change the geopolitical map of the world

How renewables will change the geopolitical map of the world | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

The rapid growth of renewable energy will have a profound effect on geopolitics worldwide, writes energy expert Walt Patterson. Geopolitics, as the name suggests, is the interaction between geography and politics. Geography offers resources. Politics determines who benefits. That of course entails recognition of resources. A resource is something we want to use and know how to use. The value and commercial status of a resource changes over time. The value depends on what a potential user wants to do, and the other resource options with which to do it.

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Antarctic Geopolitics and the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area

Antarctic Geopolitics and the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
Marine science has never been more important but making sense of it is never divorced from geopolitical imperatives to save, secure and sustain seas and oceans.
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When geopolitical conditions and moral values converge

When geopolitical conditions and moral values converge | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
There is no real adversary today that can potentially destroy Israel. Israel’s greatest enemy comes from within – its misguided leaders, whose blind messianic mission will be behind the destruction of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.   By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir The geopolitical developments in the Middle East over the past fifteen years... Read More
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Emergency Powers in Democracies and International Conflict

Emergency Powers in Democracies and International Conflict | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
Scholars argue that institutions in democracies constrain leaders and prevent international conflict. However, many democracies specify rules of governance in times of emergency that divert substantial power to the head of state. The manipulation of these “emergency powers” provides a rational motivation for conflict. Using a novel data set of emergency provisions within democracies, I test the relationship between emergency power strength and conflict propensity using several steps to achieve causal inference, including an instrumental variable analysis that exploits the specificity of the state’s constitution as a plausibly exogenous determinant of emergency power strength.
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Latin America, the international community and Venezuela

Latin America, the international community and Venezuela | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

The question as to what is to be done with Venezuela has been formulated time and again in recent years by practically all of the Latin American Foreign Ministries, and by the most diverse range of think tanks, journalists and politicians, along with a heterogenous group of others. In general, the question is typically left unanswered due to the complexity of the crisis and the atypical behaviour of most of the actors involved.

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Lithuania and Germany sign PoI on affiliation of units

Lithuania and Germany sign PoI on affiliation of units | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

The defence ministries of Lithuania and Germany have signed a Protocol of Intent (PoI) on the affiliation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf to a division of the German Army. The arrangement is intended to allow brigades of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to participate in training exercises with divisions of armed forces of other nations.

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Fake news and botnets: how Russia weaponised the web | Technology | The Guardian

Fake news and botnets: how Russia weaponised the web | Technology | The Guardian | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
The digital attack that brought Estonia to a standstill 10 years ago was the first shot in a cyberwar that has been raging between Moscow and the west ever since
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U.S. Formally Blames Russian Government for NotPetya Ransomware Attack

U.S. Formally Blames Russian Government for NotPetya Ransomware Attack | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

The U.S., UK, Canada and Australia now say that the Russian military was responsible for the June 2017 NotPetya global cyber-attacks that caused hundreds of millions in damages.

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Intelligence Estimate and Forecast: The Syrian Theater

Intelligence Estimate and Forecast: The Syrian Theater | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
The United States will continue to risk its vital strategic interests in the Middle East unless it changes its policies in Syria and Iraq. President Donald Trump and his administration inherited a weakened U.S. position, with Russia imposing constraints
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Networks of military alliances, wars, and international trade

Networks of military alliances, wars, and international trade | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
The incidence of interstate wars has dropped dramatically over time: The number of wars per pair of countries per year from 1950 to 2000 was roughly a 10th as high as it was from 1820 to 1949. This significant decrease in the frequency of wars correlates with a substantial increase in the number of military alliances per country and the stability of those alliances. We show that one possible explanation of this is an accompanying expansion of international trade. Increased trade decreases countries’ incentives to attack each other and increases their incentives to defend each other, leading to a stable and peaceful network of military and trade alliances that is consistent with observed data.
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Plato on International Relations

Plato on International Relations | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

Plato´s political philosophy can be characterized as a quest for justice buttressed by an analysis of the ideal ruler, the best kind of government, the proper education of citizens and good laws. This paper defends the view that Plato had a more expansive appreciation of some core topics of what we now think of as international relation theory than he is usually credited with.

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Why the U.S. Military Should Stay Out Of Iran

Why the U.S. Military Should Stay Out Of Iran | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
It’s not that often that a major in the US military — albeit now a reservist — points the finger at the Defense Secretary and says, sir, you’re wrong, and does it in writing and in public. Here you have it. Army Maj. Danny Sjursen, expressing his own opinions while a fellow at the think tank Defense Priorities, says Iran is Jim Mattis’ blind spot and that his boss is wrong in his assessments of the country. Why? Read on, Dear Reader! The Editor. Map: Wikipedia Commons
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The Economics and Geopolitics of Global Fisheries

The Economics and Geopolitics of Global Fisheries | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

One natural resource that was once plentiful but has now been declining for decades is ocean fish. The figures are alarming. According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 31 percent of global stocks are fished at biologically unsustainable levels (overfished), while 58 percent are fully exploited. In consequence, ocean and sea catches have stagnated for three decades, at about 85 million tons a year, with some fisheries having experienced a sharp decline in both the quantity and quality of catches. Water pollution along coastal areas is part of the explanation, but the main culprit is overfishing.

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How Turkey's Geopolitical Ambitions Could Change the Middle East

How Turkey's Geopolitical Ambitions Could Change the Middle East | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

On December 26, 2017, Turkey expanded its military presence in Qatar by deploying hundreds of Joint Force Command troops to its military installation in Doha. This troop deployment gained significant media attention, as it came just one day after the release of a report revealing that the Turkish military intervened on Qatar’s behalf to prevent Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from launching a coup against Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in June.

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Inter-Korean Rapprochement in Early 2018: Geopolitical Implications and Alliance Dynamics

Inter-Korean Rapprochement in Early 2018: Geopolitical Implications and Alliance Dynamics | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
What are the geopolitical implications of inter-Korean rapprochement in early 2018?
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Rational Overreaction to Terrorism

Rational Overreaction to Terrorism | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
Some terrorist organizations provoke their targets into deploying massive countermeasures, allowing terrorists to mobilize a greater share of their audience. Why would a government pursue such a costly strategy if it only strengthens the opponent? I develop a signaling model of terrorism, counterterrorism, and recruitment. If a target government is unsure whether the terrorists’ audience is sympathetic to the cause, weaker groups sometimes bluff strength by attacking. Photo: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Trerrorist-Criminal-Terrorism-Reaction-Force-Police-1577887
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NATO and the south: opportunities for coherence and integration

NATO and the south: opportunities for coherence and integration | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

Challenges from the south present opportunities in the context of Alliance adaptation and modernisation. Externally, shared interests in the south can catalyse further cooperation between NATO and its partners. Internally, requirements in the south can stimulate NATO’s process of integrating strategic and operational planning for an omnidirectional, multi-domain approach to the defence of Europe.

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Understanding the Munich Security Conference

Understanding the Munich Security Conference | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
Defense News Executive Editor Jill Aitoro discusses the 2018 Munich Security Conference in Germany.
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Bad News: the game researchers hope will 'vaccinate' public against fake news 

Bad News: the game researchers hope will 'vaccinate' public against fake news  | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

Aim is for players to build a fake news empire, which researchers hope will expose propaganda tactics. Fake news is already an entire industry, an anti-democratic weapon, a movie, a play, an insult and a cliche. Now it is being turned into a game – to help people understand its wiles and deceptions.

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The 'water war' brewing over the new River Nile dam

The 'water war' brewing over the new River Nile dam | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it

A new dam on the Nile could trigger a war over water unless Ethiopia can agree a deal with Egypt and Sudan, writes the BBC's Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead. It is often said the world's next world war will be fought over water and there are few places as tense as the River Nile. Egypt and Ethiopia have a big disagreement, Sudan is in the middle, and a big geopolitical shift is being played out along the world's longest river..

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5 Ways the Cloud and IoT Have Transformed the Transportation Industry

5 Ways the Cloud and IoT Have Transformed the Transportation Industry | Geopolitics, Security | Scoop.it
IoT Transportation Industry - The Internet of Things has caused many industries to evolve - but few more than transportation. Here are just a few ways it’s

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Dan Roberts's curator insight, November 17, 2017 1:21 PM
What have been the benefits of IoT to the Transport and Distribution industry? Here are 5: