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Building a Knowledge Economy

Building a Knowledge Economy

A sine qua non of benefitting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution We are living in exciting yet challenging times. We are in the era of knowledge economy wherein knowledge rather than material resources is considered an asset. Advancements in the field of information technology have brought us to a wondrous stage of human history where a huge amount of knowledge …

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Deconstructing Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address

State of the Union

Speech of a president whose power is draining Once a year, Donald Trump gives an uncharacteristically bipartisan speech to Congress. It is customarily sandwiched — often within hours — by venomous expressions of partisanship. Mr Trump’s 2019 State of the Union was no exception. His first address to Congress, which took place shortly after his infamous “American Carnage” inaugural address …

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The World’s Next Superpower Can the EU Fill America’s Shoes?

The World's Next Superpower

Europe is gradually emerging as the world’s new superpower. Experts believe that within a couple of decades, the European Union will equal – if not surpass – the United States as the dominant economic force on the world stage. At present, the EU is enormously prosperous and technologically advanced. It encompasses four of the Big Seven economic powers: Germany, Great …

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G20 2018 Summit

G20 2018 Summit

A Rendezvous with Destiny? The Group of 20 held their 2018 meeting in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on November 29 to December 1, 2018. In most of their meetings, the heads of state have discussed economic issues. This time around, however, politics dominated the deliberations. Although the trade spat involving the United States and China was on the …

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Plans for Redrawing the Middle East

Middle East

Overlapping of Anglo-American-Israeli Agenda The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by the then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who coined it as a replacement of the older and more imposing term: the “Greater Middle East.” This shift in foreign policy phraseology coincided with the inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) …

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Made in China 2025

Made in China

The Chinese Version of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Manufacturing has been the mainstay of the Chinese economy and a driver of its expansion. This was the sector that helped China rise to the level of being the world’s second biggest economy today. This impressive evolution was based on a large workforce, low wages and government support, as well as radical …

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STA-1 status for India

STA-1 status for India

Implications for the region On July 30, the United States Department of Commerce granted the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status to India, making it the world’s 37th and Asia’s only third country – after Japan and South Korea – and the only South Asian country to get this status. The biggest gain for India in this is the relaxation in …

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The US-China Trade War

The US-China Trade War

Trade wars have finally begun. After exchanging several threats over the last few months, both the United States and China have imposed a tariff of 25% on imports worth $34 billion. This marks the official beginning of what China dubs as “the biggest trade war in economic history”. While this trade war is far from the biggest the world has …

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The Middle East Theatre

The Middle East Theatre

A Concert for Russia and the World During the past decade and a half, the Middle East has got an increasingly important position in international relations. Developments taking place in this region at present have greater geopolitical and economic consequences for the rest of the world than in the Cold War era. This is not primarily due to the destabilizing …

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SYRIA Attacks and International Law

SYRIA Attacks and International Law

Emergence of a new norm that justifies the use of force When Donald Trump ordered air strikes against Syria in April 2017, it was the first – and to date only – action of his administration that attracted widespread support, garnering positive responses even from critics. But, this praise and support for Trump was all the more surprising especially because …

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