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Building on foundations: Kishida’s premiership post-Abe
International Affairs Jun 21, 2024

Building on foundations: Kishida’s premiership post-Abe

As the PM, Kishida has upheld Abe's legacy by maintaining Japan's focus on regional security and economic resilience, while introducing initiatives to address income inequality and improve diplomatic relations. ...

Rising global nuclear arsenals and the call for strategic stability
International Affairs Jun 21, 2024

Rising global nuclear arsenals and the call for strategic stability

The latest SIPRI report indicates the concerning trend of modernisation and growth of arsenals across the globe. ...

NATO’s pivot to Indo-Pacific: Focus on Japan and South Korea
International Affairs Jun 19, 2024

NATO’s pivot to Indo-Pacific: Focus on Japan and South Korea

NATO's pivot to the Indo-Pacific will involve a strategic partnership with Japan and South Korea to bolster deterrence and uphold the rules-based international order in the region. ...

Is it time to recognise electricity as a basic human right?
Urbanisation in India | Urbanisation | Energy Access Jun 19, 2024

Is it time to recognise electricity as a basic human right?

Access to electricity is more than a connection. Considering the growing importance of electricity in accessing other necessities, stronger measures are needed to ensure a reliable basic supply. ...

Coalition government and future of South Africa’s foreign policy
International Affairs Jun 18, 2024

Coalition government and future of South Africa’s foreign policy

With some political manoeuvrability and the strong leadership of President Ramaphosa, the ANC is expected to continue to remain in power. ...

Sweeping changes in Nepal-China relations
International Affairs Jun 18, 2024

Sweeping changes in Nepal-China relations

The current political climate has led to unprecedented cooperation between Nepal and China, bringing them closer than ever. This partnership is likely to strengthen further.  ...

International cooperation for assistive technology in conflict zones
International Affairs Jun 18, 2024

International cooperation for assistive technology in conflict zones

International cooperation is critical for developing an overarching policy to ensure equitable access to assistive technology, especially in fragile and conflict-affected situations. ...

Key trends from the European Parliament Elections 2024
International Affairs Jun 17, 2024

Key trends from the European Parliament Elections 2024

Despite the war in Europe, economic challenges, global trade tensions, and farmer protests, the 2024 election saw the centre retain control in the European Parliament. ...

What is holding back the UK-Mauritius negotiations?
International Affairs Jun 15, 2024

What is holding back the UK-Mauritius negotiations?

Despite ongoing UK-Mauritius negotiations on the Chagos question, reaching an agreement soon appears unlikely.  ...

Trump’s conviction: Test of America’s democratic resilience
International Affairs Jun 14, 2024

Trump’s conviction: Test of America’s democratic resilience

America is at a crossroads as two presidential contenders compete amidst circumstances that test the American judicial system and the depth of its democratic roots. ...

South Korea shifts focus to Africa
International Affairs | Economics and Finance Jun 14, 2024

South Korea shifts focus to Africa

While South Korea seeks to expand its presence in Africa, its pointed policies may risk it being labelled with the “neo-colonial” tag ...

Securing critical undersea infrastructure
Defence and Security | Maritime Infrastructure Jun 13, 2024

Securing critical undersea infrastructure

The challenges of disruption of critical undersea infrastructure loom large. Thus, significant emphasis needs to be placed on the security and protection of such assets. ...

Africa’s delicate diplomacy in the South China Sea dispute
International Affairs Jun 13, 2024

Africa’s delicate diplomacy in the South China Sea dispute

The ongoing skirmishes in the South China Sea between China and regional states represent another severe threat to the world economy, directly affecting Africa. ...

President Lai Ching-te’s inaugural speech: Implications for Cross-Strait relations
International Affairs Jun 12, 2024

President Lai Ching-te’s inaugural speech: Implications for Cross-Strait relations

Adopting a firmer stance than his predecessors, President Lai reaffirmed in his speech that the ROC is separate from the PRC, reflecting the will of Taiwan's people ...

Shrinking Chinese demand, loan volumes weaken Africa’s growth prospects
International Affairs | Developing and Emerging Economies Jun 12, 2024

Shrinking Chinese demand, loan volumes weaken Africa’s growth prospects

Africa's economic dependence on China means the latter’s slowdown and shift to green and high-tech sectors harm Africa's economic prospect ...

The case for militarising the Quad just got nudged
International Affairs Jun 12, 2024

The case for militarising the Quad just got nudged

With the emergence of Squad, a new Pacific multilateral, the question whether the Quad should be militarised has resurfaced ...

10k apiece: Will corporate bonds matter now in India?
Indian Economy | Economics and Finance | Economic Reforms Jun 10, 2024

10k apiece: Will corporate bonds matter now in India?

The recent approval by SEBI to reduce the face value of privately placed debt securities can boost demand for corporate bonds, but the impacts of this policy need close monitoring. ...

Arab states and China tighten partnership at a time of turmoil
International Affairs | International Trade and Investment Jun 10, 2024

Arab states and China tighten partnership at a time of turmoil

China’s primary chase in West Asia remains economic and it will continue to push for economic integration despite the region’s challenges. ...

How a tiny country competes with China in honey exports
Climate, Food and Environment | International Trade and Investment Jun 10, 2024

How a tiny country competes with China in honey exports

In a world dominated by cheap and adulterated honey, New Zealand exports high-value honey. This strategy has helped them compete with China. ...

Seychelles’ calibrated approach towards maritime dependency
Defence and Security | Maritime Security Jun 07, 2024

Seychelles’ calibrated approach towards maritime dependency

Given its location and its capabilities, Seychelles is well-placed to mitigate sea-borne challenges by cooperating with major players. ...

The end of America’s Pan-Sahel vision
International Affairs Jun 07, 2024

The end of America’s Pan-Sahel vision

Does the withdrawal of the US  troops from Niger mark the end of America’s Pan-Sahel vision? ...

Reactions to Rafah: Preventing humanitarian supply chain breakdown
International Affairs | Multilateralism Jun 06, 2024

Reactions to Rafah: Preventing humanitarian supply chain breakdown

The near breakdown of humanitarian supply chains and services in Gaza merits new measures from the ICJ against Israel. ...

A singular challenge to American hegemony
International Affairs | Great Power Dynamics Jun 06, 2024

A singular challenge to American hegemony

The contest between US and China-Russia alliance is heating up as the battlelines are being redrawn. However, the latter realises that in the renewed contest, it faces a far more competitive West. ...

The highs and lows of India–US convergence
International Affairs | Indian Foreign Policy Jun 06, 2024

The highs and lows of India–US convergence

The strategic convergence between India and the US might be weakening as the US increasingly focuses on the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Eurasia. ...

Sri Lanka: A ‘virtual province’ or investment risk for India?
Indian Economy | Economics and Finance | Economic Diplomacy Jun 05, 2024

Sri Lanka: A ‘virtual province’ or investment risk for India?

The recent decision to award a wind power project to an Indian private sector player has sparked a wave of accusations in Sri Lanka, with claims that India is turning the country into a "virtual province". ...

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