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UNITING THE WORLD AGAINST TERRORISM

UNITING THE WORLD AGAINST TERRORISM

By: António Guterres  Terrorism is a persistent and evolving global menace. No country is immune. Social media, encrypted communications and the dark web are being used to spread propaganda, radicalize new recruits and plan atrocities. The threat ranges from the crude tactics of lone actors to sophisticated coordinated attacks and the horrific prospect of terrorists using chemical, biological or radioactive …

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NATO’s Brussels Summit

NATO's Brussels Summit

In Donald Trump’s parallel universe On July 11-12, the leaders of 29 member states of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met for a summit in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. During the plenary session of the summit, President Donald Trump suddenly called on fellow alliance members to spend 4 percent of GDP on defence, rather than the agreed-upon 2 percent. …

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Peace in Afghanistan

Peace in Afghanistan

By: Anatol Lieven  The Duty of Afghanistan’s Region In the short term, the war in Afghanistan will be chiefly not a military struggle but a test of American political stamina and of the capacity of the Afghan elites to maintain a minimally consensual state in Kabul. In the long term, it will be chiefly a test of the regional great …

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On Need for a New International Order

On Need for a New International Order

Few global issues have taken on more current importance than the future of the postwar, rules-based international order. The roots of the order run back to the mid-1940s, when US leaders decided that the United States should work to shape the postwar settlement in more structured, collaborative and rules-bound ways. They conceived of global organizations to promote collective problem-solving, avert …

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US Indo-Pacific Strategy

US Indo-Pacific Strategy

The quest for a rules-based world order or containment of China? Facing its ‘most dynamic and formidable competitor in modern history’, Washington increasingly does away with hopeful thinking and seeks new approaches towards Asia. It raised the concept of the Indo-Pacific region. But what strategy is behind this buzzword? And what does it mean for Asia? Territorial disputes, trade wars, …

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INTERNATIONAL LAW AND CYBER WARFARE

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND CYBER WARFARE

Conspectus The toolkit of statecraft has many an item in it; war and its related concepts are but one tool in that. Over the centuries, the international law related to war has been divided into two distinct spheres: jus ad bellum (law of war) and jus in bello (law in war). The former deals with the justifications or reasons leading …

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Trump’s Protectionism and Isolationism

Trump's Protectionism and Isolationism

By: Shahidul Anam Khan Making America isolated again “Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?” – George Washington, Farewell Address [September 17, 1796] Donald Trump’s slogan “America First,” which he …

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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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China-Russia Security Cooperation

China-Russia Security Cooperation

Geopolitical signalling with limits The China-Russia relationship has global significance. Particularly when united, these two countries could pose a severe challenge to the US and to the broader liberal international order, a sentiment that was clearly articulated in President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy published in December 2017. The two countries have increased and enhanced their political and security cooperation …

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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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