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Reacting to China’s Provocations in the South China Sea

Washington’s reiteration that it will defend the Philippines and Taiwan if either were attacked by Beijing further heightens the chance of conflict between the two powers.

Israel’s Plight: An Absence of Leadership

The result of the fourth election in two years clearly points to the dysfunction of Israel’s political system and the many fault lines of its democracy. Sadly, personal rivalries rather than political platforms that address foreign and domestic policies rule the day.

Revisiting The JCPOA: The Danger to the Middle East

Any re-negotiation of the JCPOA must necessarily include a sunset clause that Israel finds acceptable and mechanisms to fully ensure that Iran does not use its nuclear programme for military purposes. Any less could lead to further regional conflict, the nuclearisation of the Middle East or both.

A Matter of Free Speech on Social Media in India

The Indian Government has recently responded to major protests with a raft of reforms designed to tighten control over social media and heighten censorship of opposition voices.

The US-Russia-China Triangle: How Do US Allies Perceive Recent Events?

President Biden’s emphasis on building partnerships to deal with global challenges has been welcomed by US allies. They will be closely watching the recent developments in the context of Washington’s ties with Moscow and Beijing, since many of them may be forced to make tough choices of their own in the long run.

Islamabad Security Dialogue: Nawaz Sharif Stands Vindicated

In Pakistan, if an elected prime minister makes a policy shift for the betterment of the country, it is a crime, the price of which he has to pay, but if the same shift is announced by a military general, it is plausible and tenable.

Competitive Federalism in India: Is Reserving Jobs For Locals Driven by a Long-Term Vision or Populism?

Recent laws passed by various state governments reserving jobs for locals are unlikely to be of much benefit. In fact, many investors may decide to relocate elsewhere in India or even go overseas.

Washington Joins Fight Against Mozambique Insurgency

The insurgency in the north of Mozambique has raged for four years, with extremists recently increasing the brutality of their attacks. The horrific acts of violence have led to US assistance, with the training of Mozambican marines to combat the violence.

Exercise Desert Flag Solidifies French Regional Defence Partnerships

The multinational air warfare exercise hosted by the United Arab Emirates further cements France as a resident Indo-Pacific power.

The Dragon in the Tasman: The Upgraded New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement and Australia

The upgraded Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and China has agitated trans-Tasman relations but provides a potential example for Australia of how to engage Beijing.

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