Geopolitics helps us understand world events as a product of strategic alliances and raw grievances, of geographical luck or misfortune. Explore below to learn why global actors behave the way they do, and get the tools concerned citizens and investors need in order to make informed decisions in today’s world.

In US-Russia Relations, a Little Subtlety Goes a Long Way
Russia’s Federation Council announced that Moscow’s recent attempts to host a meeting between North Korea and South Korea failed because Pyongyang was reluctant to cooperate. A Russian official described talks with the North as long and difficult. It appears that Russia’s stance on North Korea may be shifting, and this may be part of its strategy on Ukraine.
What Russia’s Middle East Strategy Is Really About
A new balance of power is solidifying in Syria. Iran, Turkey and Russia have all played a role in the conflict there – jockeying for position and even agreeing in September to set up zones of control. But Russia in particular has deftly managed the game up to this point, and it is emerging from the Syrian civil war with a strong hand.
Against the US, Pakistan Stands Its Ground
It’s no secret the United States and Pakistan have a troubled relationship. And it’s no secret why this is so: The events of Sept. 11, 2001, brought the U.S. military to Pakistan’s doorstep, in Afghanistan, where the Taliban had harbored some of the militants responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
The East-West Divide in the EU Is Reaching a Critical Point
The divide between Eastern/Central and Western nations in the European Union is growing. Eastern nations joined the EU with the hope to foster national identity and freedom. Meanwhile, Brussels pushes for deeper integration and oversight to hold the union together. How long will this tension last?