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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Operations and Targets

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a multifaceted organization that adapts its role abroad depending on mission and local conditions. As the “guardians of the revolution,” the group is a tool that provides the Iranian leadership with the resources needed for a wide variety of tasks. War fighting. The IRGC’s identity was formed during the brutal Iran-Iraq war in the 1980’s, and the group has remained true to these roots when called upon to provide trained militia troops to […]

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Weekly 03 Feb 2023

The Port of Singapore is a vital part of the country’s economy and key piece of physical infrastructure. The port is currently ranked second busiest by cargo tonnage, behind Shanghai, with approximately 1,000 ships in port at any given time. It directly connects with 600 other global ports in 120 countries, making it a vital

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Weekly 27 Jan 2023

Riyadh’s announcement of a new copper mining project reflects Gulf Arab states’ efforts to diversify their economies away from hydrocarbons, but the success of any copper venture will depend on a long-term spike in world copper prices that is not guaranteed to materialize. However, even short-term profits will boost sovereign investment funds and provide opportunities for domestic investments to diversify local economies. 1 Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s second largest producer of gold,

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Weekly 20 Jan 2023

Investment in, and engagement with, Singapore on technology and real estate taps into the resources of both Singapore and China. Though Singapore dances a fine line between the U.S. and China, it is deemed a safe haven for Chinese. The safehavening may require more due diligence than normal to ensure CHIPS Act restrictions are met as it is very unlikely that elite Chinese will seek other Southeast Asian investment hubs. 1 While pundits argue that Singapore is

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