A supervisor displays crushed ore at a rare earth mine in California in January 2020. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo

Rare-earth elements between the United States of America and the People's Republic of China

Commentary: Over-politicizing the issue of rare-earth products and even linking it to national security will do more harm than good to both countries. The vast majority of such products are manufactured in China, and the U.S. administration's attention to rare-earth issues has increased 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with UAE National Security Advisor Tahnun bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Ankara on August 18. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

Russia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. The intelligence services organize and investigate

Commentary: The Kremlin is taking steps to strengthen the Russian secret services vis-a-vis Turkey, and is watching closely as Ankara and Abu Dhabi try to turn a new page after eight years of icy relations

Russian servicemen are seen on August 10 during a joint exercise with Tajik and Uzbek troops at a training ground in Tajikistan near the Afghan border. Photo: Nozim Kalandarov/TASS via Reuters

Russia and Central Asian countries in the aftermath of the Taliban victory

Commentary: The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan offers Russia opportunities to deepen its regional influence, with the Central Asian countries gradually expanding their dependence on Russia for security reasons. Meanwhile, India, Pakistan and Turkey are among those monitoring developments in Afghanistan 

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Post-Afghanistan intelligence and geopolitics

Commentary: There are growing concerns in the U.S. and Europe that Russia and China will strengthen their presence in Afghanistan. At the same time, there is severe distrust between the U.S. and its European allies in the aftermath of the withdrawal

A member of the Taliban (C) stands outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 16. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer

The jihad after Afghanistan

Commentary: Jihadism has the potential to become a global player of world geopolitics and, above all, of world geo-economics
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