The two current frontrunners to replace Jacob Zuma as president of the African National Congress at the next ANC Elective Conference in December are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. While both are very accomplished, neither has a perfect track record and each has failings or perceived weaknesses.
Loans provided by the Japan International Co-operation Agency will play a significant role in constraining the influence of China in Bangladesh.
Rather than pleading to the EU to be more lenient, Indonesia and Malaysia should work to ensure that their palm oil exports are sustainable and eligible for certification.
Almost one year after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew international attention to Gilgit-Baltistan, there is little to no clarity on his government’s broad policy objectives for the disputed territory. It is unclear if the issue is merely being used to score brownie points with the domestic audience, to divert attention away from the crisis in Kashmir, to raise the cost of the CPEC or as a bargaining chip with Pakistan and/or China.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel demonstrates India’s desire to expand the bilateral partnership beyond defence and into food and water security, as well as his commitment to India’s farming community.
At the summit, Jokowi pushed for greater economic ties with the US and Australia while campaigning to protect Indonesian palm oil exports from increased regulations in the European Union.
High rainfall in parts of South Africa after two years of El Niño drought has put it on track to produce a record-high maize harvest. Its good fortune could boost exports and relieve the food shortages that have resulted from poor harvests in East Africa.
Gilgit-Baltistan is vital to the water, energy and conventional security of Pakistan. Its importance is only likely to increase because of the continued dependence of a large part of Pakistan’s growing population on agriculture that is under stress due to climate change and the growing dependence of the economy on Chinese investments.
Absent a careful evaluation of every decision that they make in the course of the current standoff between their troops, China and India risk entering into a conflict which they can ill afford and that could retard their growth for a significant period of time.
China’s thinly-veiled warning to India to heed the lessons of its loss in their 1962 war and India’s retort that it is a different country from that of the time both fail to recognise their new reality: neither can afford a war with the other.