Although India is keen to grant concessions to Bangladesh to keep it from China’s sphere of influence, domestic politics have prevented New Delhi from solving the long-standing water-sharing dispute with Dhaka.
ASEAN’s struggle to remain a neutral force for the advancement of regional interests has been tested by the ambitions of major external powers. To survive as a cohesive unit, ASEAN may be forced to consider evicting some of its weakest members in the near future.
While there was no single significant outcome from the meeting, it nonetheless highlights the growing importance of Indonesia to the United States and pragmatism from Indonesia’s Government in keeping Washington onside.
The steps towards peace will be undermined by the Afghan Taliban, who are not sufficiently enlightened to recognise the benefits that the Constitution can bring to the country in the long run.
In light of growing public dissatisfaction within Iran and the subsequent unrest that is enveloping its leadership, the country’s deteriorating economic situation and the international community’s preference for a diplomatic settlement with Tehran, the US may better serve its interests by adopting a less confrontational stance towards the Islamic Republic.
In the second Noumea Accords referendum on independence, New Caledonians voted by a margin of 6.6 per cent to remain part of France, but the record voter turnout and narrowing margin between “yes” and “no” points towards an even closer final referendum in 2022.
Implementing practical co-operative projects to assist in dealing with the pandemic could help South Korea realise its goal to be a strategic partner in Southeast Asia.