Author: Jose Niño

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On January 21, 2023, Argentina and Brazil announced tentative plans to establish a common currency. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva and Argentinian President Alberto Fernández wrote a joint piece published in Argentinian paper Perfil floating the idea of a currency project along with other measures to bolster regional integration. Initially, the currency project would run in tandem with Argentina’s and Brazil’s respective currencies, the peso and the real. This project is designed to amplify trade opportunities among South American countries and reduce dependence on the US dollar. In realizing this project, Brazil and Argentina would establish the second largest currency…

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Geopolitical observers anticipating the decline of American hegemony had a lot to chew on in the past week when Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited Saudi Arabia for three days to discuss a host of economic and security issues the countries have intentions of working on. This three-day trip ended with the first China-Arab Summit December 9, 2022. At the series of meetings Xi held with his Arab counterparts, $30 billion in agreements involving trade, technology transfers, and military cooperation were signed by Saudi Arabia and China. Most prominent among the agreements signed by the two parties include the Saudi’s plan…

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To say that the past week of politics in Peru has been a roller coaster ride would be an understatement. Then-President Pedro Castillo shocked the international community on December 7, 2022, when he announced a plan to dissolve the Peruvian Congress and set up an emergency government. From there, Castillo pushed for parliamentary elections that would lead to the creation of a new constitution. Castillo pulled these moves in anticipation of the Peruvian Congress’s decision to impeach him. At the time, lawmakers were moving forward with a third impeachment attempt, in which they accused Castillo of corruption. Castillo’s attempted power…

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How deep will relations between Iran and Venezuela go? As two oil-rich nations that find themselves in the crosshairs of the U.S. Deep State, Iran and Venezuela have forged strong ties in the past two decades. Due to issues of domestic corruption and mismanagement, in addition to US sanctions and the lack of investment and technical expertise, Venezuela’s once prestigious oil sector is now on the ropes. Consequently, it has turned to Iran for assistance in various fields. In June 2022, Iran and Venezuela signed off on a 20-year cooperation plan where Iran would help Venezuela maintain and repair its…

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On November 20, 2022, Iranian military forces launched a series of air strikes against Kurdish groups in northern Iraq. These groups were alleged to be connected to anti-government protests inside of Iran, which were kicked off by the death of a 22-year old Iranian Kurdish woman back in the middle of September. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claims to have hit three areas of Iraq’s Kurdistan region with drones and missiles. Camps that supposedly housed terrorist groups were the primary targets. According to accounts from Iranian state media, 26 members of the Komala and the Democratic Party of Iranian…

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On November 17, 2022, Iran and Hungary signed the 3rd Joint Economic Cooperation Commission. Iranian Economic Minister Ehsan Khanduzi and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjártó were both present in signing this agreement on November 17. According to a report by the Islamic Republic News Agency, the two parties mentioned how there was a 55% increase in bilateral trade between the 2nd and the 3rd Joint Economic Cooperation Commission. On agricultural matters, the two countries forged multiple agreements. As for the exchange of university students, Hungary plans on allocating 100 scholarships to Iranian university students. Thus far, 600 Iranian…

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Is the geopolitical environment in Latin America fundamentally transforming? Former Brazilian President Lula Da Silva’s victory in the Brazilian presidential election has had many geopolitical observers on the edge of their seat. On October 30, 2022, Lula pulled off a razor thin victory against Jair Bolsonaro, where he bested the incumbent president by a vote count of 50.8% to 49.2%. Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa chimed in on this development on November 1. During an interview for the Argentinian media outlet Telam, Correa alluded to Lula’s “integrationist” role and the important role he will play in continental affairs. “With his…

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As the United States starts finalizing its Pivot to Asia, Vietnam’s geopolitical moves will be in the spotlight. It’s no secret that the US is aiming to contain China. Back in 2018, the Pentagon issued its national defense strategy where it identified China along with Russia as one of its principal national security challenges. To effectively counter China, the US will need partners in order to build an effective containment coalition against it. Vietnam will be one of the countries who could potentially play an integral role in limiting China’s influence in Asia. Thus far, Vietnam has pursued a relatively…

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Could Scotland break away from the United Kingdom? Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon believes so. During an interview on BBC TV on Sunday, Sturgeon indicated that a national independence referendum could be held on October 19, 2023. On October 7, 2022, the Supreme Court started hearing arguments for allowing a second referendum on Scottish independence. All of this is done without receiving approval from British Prime Minister Liz Truss and the British government. The question of Scottish independence has been lingering for the past decade or so. In 2014, a plebiscite was held where Scottish voters rejected independence by a…

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On October 10, 2022, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko revealed that he had deployed Belarusian troops alongside Russian forces near Ukraine. He did so in response to an alleged threat from Ukraine and its supporters in the Collective West. One of the most notable supporters of Ukraine that has alarmed Belarus has been Poland. Lukashenko claims that Poland is militarizing its border with Belarus. This would represent a significant escalation in a conflict that involves a nuclear power like Russia. “Strikes on the territory of Belarus are not just being discussed in Ukraine today, but are also being planned,” Lukashenko declared…

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