Month: February 2023

The Empire’s Worst Nightmare – The Russia-Iran-China Triangle Part 2 (of a 2 Part series)

 In this part 2, we will discuss Iran’s relations with Russia and China. Target Russia… Iran & Russia Relations between the Grand Duchy of Moscow and the Persian Empire (Iran) officially commenced in 1521,  Past and present contact between Russia and Iran have long been complicatedly multi-faceted; often wavering between collaboration and rivalry. The two nations have a long history of […]

The Empire’s Worst Nightmare – The Russia-Iran-China Triangle Part 1 (of a 2 Part series)

Introduction  In 1904 in a speech before the Royal Geographical Society in London British geographer Sir Halford    Mackinder, a firm advocate of the British Empire, presented what is arguably one of the most influential documents in world foreign policy of the past two hundred years since the Battle of Waterloo. His short speech was titled […]

The Geopolitics of Maritime Chokepoints Part 2 (of a 2 Part Series)

4. The Bab el Mandab The Bab el-Mandeb Strait is another primary waterway for the world’s oil and natural gas. Nestled between Africa and the Middle East, the critical route connects the Mediterranean Sea (via the Suez Canal) to the Indian Ocean. Like the Strait of Malacca, it’s well known as a high-risk area for […]

The Geopolitics of Maritime Chokepoints Part 1 (of a 2 Part Series)

In military strategy, a choke point  is a geographical feature on land such as a valley, defile or bridge, or maritime passage through a critical waterway such as a strait, which an armed force is forced to pass through in order to reach its objective, sometimes on a substantially narrowed front and therefore greatly decreasing its combat effectiveness by making it harder to bring superior numbers to bear. A choke point can allow a […]

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