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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.

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Complicated Legacy

In the elections to be held in September this year, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is expected to increase its electoral-winning percentage far beyond the previously achieved 12 per cent by exploiting the abandoned legacy of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Does Australia need a Nuclear-Power Sector and Nuclear-Powered Submarines? – Continued

The call to initiate a discussion regarding a nuclear industry in Australia – and nuclear-powered submarines – has led to some vociferous, albeit emotional, reaction. Left unanswered were the questions that were asked.

To Deter China, Increase Taiwan’s International Relations

Although China is increasingly capable of taking over Taiwan by force, it cannot risk alienating the many countries on which it depends commercially, making it necessary, therefore, to enhance Taiwan’s relations with those countries.

South Africa: Cautious Optimism in President’s COVID Update

In his address to the nation announcing an easing of restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the progress made in the fight against COVID-19, while also reminding his fellow citizens that ‘the threat of a third wave is constantly present.’

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