Although Pakistan appears to be past the worst of the economic turmoil of lockdown, history points towards a food security situation that, unfortunately, is likely to worsen.
Due to China’s aggressive pursuit of its national interests, the erosion of Sino-US relations and international loss of confidence in US leadership, middle powers must secure their own interests and provide alternatives for smaller countries to siding with China or the United States.
Riyadh has forced Islamabad to choose whether to fall in line and end its criticism of Saudi policy or give up its access to Saudi financial aid and cheap oil supplies.
Drinking water shortages in urban areas are a symptom of a wider economic disaster unfolding in Zimbabwe.
Building the new capital has been delayed until Indonesia’s economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. That, however, could take several years, although the government will still likely push for construction to begin before the end of Jokowi’s term in office.
Iran’s decision to accept Chinese investments of around US$400 billion could bring it under Beijing’s influence, just like Pakistan, and leave its citizens none the better for it; again, just like Pakistan.
If the insurgency is to be stopped, a concerted and holistic approach is called for; one in which the Mozambican Government and its partners combine security measures with development initiatives.
Xi Jinping exhorts citizens to avoid wasting food as supply falters and prices soar.
The destruction of a major port and grain silo has drawn attention to Lebanon’s spiralling food insecurity situation.
The discussions are part of an effort by the US to bring together a collective stance against China’s activities in the South China Sea. In the short-term future, however, it is unlikely that Washington will actually become the driving force behind such a coalition.