But one thing looms over the spring parliamentary elections above all – namely, the presidential election next fall. If there is one reason why a majority of blocs do not want a diaspora vote, it is to deny Mr Bassil an opportunity to say that he retains popularity among Christians, and therefore is entitled to succeed Mr Aoun, his father-in-law, as President. Given the widespread unpopularity of Mr Bassil domestically, this is hardly a secondary issue.
Assuming that the situation in Afghanistan is unlikely to stabilize in the foreseeable future, it may fuel the Rahmon regime for another few years.
Europeans shouldn’t want to develop more robust ties with the United States because Biden is being nice to them but because they recognize that both sides urgently need to work together.
Although the U.S.-South Korean alliance does face significant geopolitical challenges, nuclear proliferation would be an ill-advised solution. South Korean nuclear weapons would likely make the regional security situation more precarious.
The China-Greece relationship is characterised by a great contrast between the growing negative perception of the Greek public opinion vis a vis Beijing’s presence in the Southeastern European country and a Chinese media assessment consistently praising the “Sino-Greek engagement over long-term Chinese investment”.
The China-Greece relationship is characterized by a contrast between the growing negative perception of the Greek public opinion toward Beijing’s presence in the country and a Chinese media assessment consistently praising the “Sino-Greek engagement over long-term Chinese investment.”
The only way to forestall the looming humanitarian and economic crisis in Afghanistan is to move beyond immediate emergency measures and evacuations, and even purely humanitarian aid, and open up a broader political discourse with the Taliban.
In the very short term, the negative effects of this somewhat disorderly transition will remain most visible. However, it is difficult to distinguish between what is caused by official measures, and how much is a repercussion of the global energy shortage, reflected in price rises for coal and LNG.
The Quad won’t turn into a space governance powerhouse overnight, but their consultations on space should begin by addressing a small, but important, menu of issues that can serve as a foundation for broader international efforts.
This month’s Brdo declaration also spoke of “the primacy of democracy, fundamental rights and values and the rule of law”.
On days when I despair at the state of Lebanon, or the future of Hong Kong, I think of the Berlin Wall. For 40 years, those living in its shadow, on either side, could not imagine a life beyond the division it enforced, even while many strove to bring it down. Until, one day, the wall fell.
Rudra Chaudhuri writes about how India is a top foreign policy priority for Global Britain.
Narratives are powerful catalysts. They go a long way in framing challenges and expanding the imaginary horizons for what can be done to tackle them. Women in tech narratives have certainly had an impact on the trajectories taken in education, the tech industry, and public policymaking.
By and large, the Indo-Pacific strategy of the EU remains driven by economic considerations and India, whose main asset is geopolitical and even geostrategic, does not figure prominently in it.
The legacy of the Hendricks family is illustrative of how Islam manifests in such an indigenous, and completely orthodox, fashion, in a Muslim minority community that has been beset by so many challenges.
There is no question that Washington’s position in the broader Middle East was dented by the fiasco in Afghanistan. Ultimately, however, U.S. assets in the region are still unrivaled: the United States’ political and economic influence, hard power, soft power, embrace of multilateral diplomacy, and leadership of a rules-based global order continue to give it the upper hand over all its rivals.
If one thing is certain, it is that key actors in Baghdad, the KRG, Ankara, and Tehran will be keen to test the parameters of America’s new role in Iraq to find out. While this period may be one of great uncertainty, there is more reason to anticipate general continuity than change.
Moreover, Americans need to take care that their military response options remain viable. The United States should not allow itself to be outpaced in the acquisition of advanced technologies. If they do, then they will find themselves in a destabilized situation, in which the U.S. force structure — nuclear and conventional — is vulnerable while others’ are not.
As SSA practices coalesce, accommodating a handful of multinational systems and commercial providers in an international forum to deconflict divergent catalogues and analyses may be an effective and plausible way forward, so long as this approach does not foreclose on truly global SSA cooperation.