Mozambique Might Require Foreign Military Assistance to Clean Up Its Hybrid War Mess
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Mozambique Might Require Foreign Military Assistance to Clean Up Its Hybrid War Mess

Chronically impoverished and formerly civil war-torn Mozambique has the potential to become the world’s fourth-largest natural gas exporter due to its vast offshore reserves in the extreme northeastern part of the country, but this Southern African state’s ambitious plans are at risk of being derailed by the ever-intensifying Islamist-driven Hybrid War in that strategic corner…

Has the World Been Ignoring an Almost Decade-Long “African Spring”?
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Has the World Been Ignoring an Almost Decade-Long “African Spring”?

The announcement that Algerian President Bouteflika won’t run for re-election but will instead postpone the upcoming vote until the conclusion of his recently decreed comprehensive constitutional reform process represented the eighth non-electoral regime change in Africa in as many years, making one wonder whether the world has been ignoring an almost decade-long “African Spring” or…

The Chinese-Indian “Great Game” in East Africa
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The Chinese-Indian “Great Game” in East Africa

Introduction China and India are actively competing with one another in East Africa, though this struggle for influence has largely failed to attract significant global attention. Both Great Powers are reluctant to recognize this in order to preserve their superficial and largely limited partnership through BRICS, while the US and its Mainstream Media partners don’t…

Russia’s Naval Strategy in the Indian Ocean
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Russia’s Naval Strategy in the Indian Ocean

Russia is pursuing a remarkably balanced naval strategy in the Afro-Bengal Ocean (Indian Ocean) that strives to maintain equal relations with its Pakistani and Indian counterparts, being drawn to the region not just because of its desire to maintain strategic stability between these two rivals through “military diplomacy”, but also to protect forthcoming offshore energy…

Teaching Mandarin in Mozambique Is Good, Unless It’s for Tax Collectors
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Teaching Mandarin in Mozambique Is Good, Unless It’s for Tax Collectors

Providing foreign language lessons pro bono should always be applauded, but what China’s doing in Mozambique is controversial because it wants the host nation’s tax authorities to take the initiative in improving their relationship with its companies instead of it being the other way around with Chinese business representatives learning Portuguese in order to facilitate…