The sustainability of China's Belt and Road Initiative in the Mediterranean will depend on whether China can help defuse tensions in the Mediterranean while respecting each country's domestic concerns.
Eight states have direct control over land in the Arctic. With ice melting faster than previously thought, the global contest for economic resources there has begun. And Russia is gaining ground, while China is buying stakes and influence.
Russian actions in the Arctic region, especially those involving China's geopolitical rival India, are raising the stakes for commerce and security in the potentially lucrative region.
Gary Hufbauer, an American academic who's extensively worked on US sanctions, explains both the upside and downside to isolating nation states from the global economic system.
Egypt and Israel inked a deal on 17 September 1978 - first between an Arab nation and the Jewish state - to find ways to bring peace to the Middle East. Four decades later, peace remains a distant dream in the region.
If Donald Trump pushes Iran too hard he will end up alienating ordinary Iranians and leave the Iranian government with no negotiating room domestically.
The decision to halt oil exports through the Red Sea, which is vital for oil shipments from the Middle East, came after an attack by Houthi rebels in Yemen.
A proposed project to link Israel and the Gulf through a railway is yet another sign of growing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi-led coalition closed access to Yemeni ports on November 6, saying this was needed to stop arms reaching the Houthis.
Djibouti is a tiny African nation that's home to a lot of muscle. The United States, France and Italy all have a military presence in the country. Now it's China's turn.
Fighting in Yemen between Houthis and government forces continues to threaten the safety of ships sailing through the Red Sea.
Russia's plan involves upgrading and expanding its existing naval base which is currently fairly modest and unable to welcome larger warships.
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