Conflict over Water: At the border of Iran and Afghanistan, there is violence.

Tensions between Afghanistan and Iran have increased over the past few months, culminating in recent border clashes that have placed both nations on high alert. The Helmand River is the primary source of contention, and the dispute over shared water resources is at the heart of this conflict. This river, which is essential in this … Read more

Following Saudi Arabia: Iran’s reconciliation with Egypt

The recent, China-mediated agreement between Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has sparked heated political debate and speculation. Some people are in favor of putting the agreement into action, but others are still skeptical. Concerns about Iran’s nuclear program must be addressed urgently from a geopolitical perspective. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the … Read more

One more time, the incoming Thai government makes a bad impression on Myanmar.

Analysts and ASEAN member states were alarmed when Thailand announced that it would host a meeting with Myanmar’s generals to “fully re-engage” the junta. First, the meeting went against a plan that member states had been following since April 2021 to exclude Myanmar’s generals from meetings. It also meant that for the second year in … Read more

The rise of the Chinese yuan and the end of the dollar

Pakistan used yuan to pay for its first government-to-government purchase of 100,000 tons of Russian crude oil this month, marking the country’s first international transactions in a currency other than the US dollar. This is a significant departure from Pakistan’s long-standing reliance on the US dollar for export payments. Likewise, Argentina’s Secretary of State for … Read more

Framework for the Indo-Pacific Economy: The Path to Global Adoption for UPI

India’s decision to join the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) could be a turning point for trade in the country, but how it uses its unique geopolitical position is critical. A little under a year after the government released the National Logistics Policy (NLP) aimed at strengthening domestic supply chains, this strategic move by India is … Read more

Backgrounder: Manipur is in conflict.

The Meitei community, which primarily resides in the Imphal Valley, and the hill tribes, primarily the Kukis and Nagas, were at odds for a long time in Manipur, a northeastern state in India. This conflict is at the root of the current ethnic tensions in Manipur. A tribal solidarity march against the Meitei community’s demand … Read more

India needs to get moving toward eliminating coal

In 2019, coal provided 162 EJ of energy and accounted for 27% of the world’s primary energy supply. In 2022, 10,200 TWh of electricity was produced using coal, and its share of global electricity production was 35% after recovering from the Covid-related economic downturn. Global GHG emissions from coal increased to approximately 15.5 Gt CO2-eq … Read more

China Gets a Common Statement from the G7, but There Are Still Obstacles

At the social event of G7 nations in Hiroshima over the course of the end of the week, the gathered heads of the world's most extravagant nations figured out how to assemble a group, yet hidden reaction to Chinese "monetary compulsion" and forceful posing in the Indo-Pacific. Regional issues dominated the weekend, despite not neglecting the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as Volodymyr Zelenskiy's presence demonstrates.

At the social event of G7 nations in Hiroshima over the course of the end of the week, the gathered heads of the world’s most extravagant nations figured out how to assemble a group, yet hidden reaction to Chinese “monetary compulsion” and forceful posing in the Indo-Pacific. Regional issues dominated the weekend, despite not neglecting … Read more