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29 July 2021

As the US withdrawal from Afghanistan nears completion, the race for influence is underway. From China to Turkey, each country has specific interests that influence its engagement in Afghanistan’s future, and the relations of regional powers demonstrate the realpolitik at play at a time when the security situation in Afghanistan is fluid and generally deteriorating.

News from the CEO

  • 12 July 2021
    What’s Next?

    One thousand troops from Rwanda will begin a three-month deployment to Mozambique from 15 July in response to a request from Maputo for assistance in countering the Islamist insurgency in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.

  • 18 June 2021
    What’s Next?

    Iranian voters will elect their country’s next president on 18 June, while Ethiopians will go to the polls in federal and regional council elections on 21 June.

  • 10 June 2021
    What’s Next?

    On 10 June, Prime Minister Scott Morrison travels to the G7 summit in Cornwall via Singapore. While there, he will meet with Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong to discuss the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, COVID-19 and Indo-Pacific developments.

  • 6 May 2021
    What’s Next?

    The Japanese Self-Defence Force will host its first-ever joint military exercise with US and French ground forces in the country’s south-west, from 11-17 May.


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