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Latin America: Resource conflicts

Latin America is renowned as a region abundant in all manner of natural resources, to include the large oil reserves of Venezuela and Ecuador, the vast mineral deposits in Chile and Peru and, of course, the lush and expansive tropical rainforests across the Amazon basin. The value of these resources, while being a key driver [...]

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China and the Philippines: A complex and multifaceted issue with huge economic and security implications

The main issue revolves around competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire sea based on its "nine-dash line" map, which overlaps with the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and territorial waters of other countries, including the Philippines. This has led to disputes over the control of islands, reefs and shoals,

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Flashpoint Caucasus: the unresolved tensions of Nagorno-Karabakh

Unresolved tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus region could develop into an international issue, unless a peace deal can be negotiated. The Caucasus – a transcontinental region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea – is on the crossroads of Europe and Asia. It is a bustling melting pot of diverse ethnic groups,

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Far-reaching consequences of the conflict in Sudan

The conflict that has broken out recently between army units loyal to Sudan’s military ruler and Sudan’s paramilitary is potentially a major cause for concern. It is reported that the fighting started in the capital, Khartoum, and in the city of Omdurman. The exact cause of the fighting is – for now – unclear, but

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Georgia: The song remains the same

As the fifteen-year anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s first attempt at recreating the Soviet Union approaches, the 2008 invasion of Georgia and the brief conflict that resulted needs to be reassessed: both as a military offensive on its own terms, and as part of a Kremlin grand strategy that has only intensified in the years since.

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The third age of insurance?

The past five years have been a minefield for insurance. First, there was the increased wave of cyber-attacks and hacks that tore up what traditional policies meant. Then, there was the coronavirus pandemic which steered the market into genuinely uncharted waters. And now, the war in Ukraine which has caused an exodus of international companies

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All is not quiet on the Eastern Front

There is trouble looming along the bordering countries with Russia. Well, that is to say there is more trouble to be expected. Eastern Ukraine has been engaged in conflict with Russian-backed separatist forces since the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. The animosity between the two nations is higher than ever and there are some

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International tension and the changing face of cybercrime: predictions for 2022

The past two pandemic-afflicted years have seen coronavirus  dominate the news agenda, and what would in typical times be headline news, relegated off the front page. As the world prepares to enter the third year of uncertainty, now more than ever must the key events be treated with appropriate gravity; as they will contribute towards

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