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  • Is There Any COVID-19 Vaccine Production in Africa?

    Efforts are being made to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa to address the continent’s low rate of vaccination. As of September 2021, there are at least twelve COVID-19 production facilities set up or in the pipeline across six African countries.

  • China's nuclear build-up: The great distraction

    We must keep a sharp eye on China’s nuclear deployments. But we have a long head start on them and can ensure that they do not surprise us in the nuclear space. If we fail to stay focused, we may find one day that they have achieved strategic superiority with entirely new military systems that we can neither defend against nor match.

  • Deciphering Iran’s Nuclear Strategy

    The IAEA director general and U.S. secretary of state have recently voiced heightened concerns over the direction of Iran’s nuclear program and frustrations with the lack of diplomatic progress. Yet these developments are entirely predictable for those who closely study the logic behind Iran’s nuclear ambitions and patterns of behavior.

  • Lessons from Afghanistan

    America’s war in Afghanistan exhibits the danger of prolonging a combat mission past the point where its objective can be clearly defined and verifiably achieved, even when a record of success to date makes the cost of continuing into the future appear to be low.

  • The modern obsession with security didn’t begin after 9/11

    But if the problem is more fundamental, and stems from the very constitution of the modern nation-state and its disregard for the integrity of robust civil society groups, rooted in a proper sense of the importance of individual and community, that’s a harder problem to solve. Maybe that’s why we ignore it — but we do so at our peril.

  • The day that reshaped two decades of academia

    If anything, the trend seems to be more, not less, securitisation of communities within the US and elsewhere; and a continual dehumanisation of peoples in parts of the world that bear the impact, day in and day out, of the "war on terror". In many ways, I am forced to ask: isn’t what the terrorists wanted us to do?

  • 9/11: The end of the ‘forever wars’

    With the Taliban’s return, India faces a real security threat. Rudra Chaudhuri writes how it also has the opportunity to pioneer an approach rooted in humanism.

  • Two ideas defeated in Kabul

    What was defeated in Afghanistan was not just the most expensive and technologically advanced army in the world, but also two ideas that had deeply influenced the Western world. The first is that democracy can be exported, and the second is that the US military is the best in the world.

  • Biden the Realist

    Biden is certainly no radical. But after decades of foreign policy radicalism that has created a string of disasters, his approach may at least begin to revitalize the United States’ role in the world.

  • Corruption and Self-Dealing in Afghanistan and Other U.S.-Backed Security Sectors

    The Afghan security forces’ gradual and then sudden collapse is a cautionary tale about other U.S. efforts worldwide to bolster foreign security sectors that are hamstrung by corrosive and endemic corruption.

  • How to Start Resolving the Indian Judiciary’s Long-Running Case Backlog

    To start overcoming its chronic case backlog, India’s judiciary needs to embrace a host of solutions including well-crafted administrative reforms.

  • Looking Beyond Iran to the Persian Gulf

    Germany and Europe should not focus solely on the Iran nuclear file. Instead, they should develop a coherent and comprehensive approach to regional security that includes securing maritime routes and investing in environmental cooperation.

  • Updating the Global Refugee Regime

    The 1951 Refugee Convention is no longer suitable for today. Increased funding, strengthened enforcement mechanisms, and a new definition of refugee will help bring the global regime into the 21st century.

  • War Games Are No Game

    • Dmitri Trenin, Vygaudas Ušackas, Graham Stace
    • September 08, 2021
    • Project Syndicate

    Clashing worldviews and the introduction of dangerous new technologies and techniques of asymmetric warfare have made the global security environment increasingly fraught. With the annual season for military exercises now upon us, policymakers must take steps to mitigate the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculations.

  • Stalemate: The Main Outcome of Bolsonaro’s Day of Protest

    Tuesday’s protests across Brazil were a significant gamble by President Jair Bolsonaro. People showed up, but most wore black instead, in a sign of opposition — paving the way for Congress to get rid of him.

  • Did 9/11 Change the United States?

    But it is finally possible to say, 20 years later, that 9/11 has shattered the U.S. pretension to global indispensability. Two decades more and the United States might yet become a nation among nations, no longer lording its power over others to get what it needs.

  • China: The Ground Shakes, Is An Earthquake Coming?

    China’s party state is multiplying disciplinary and regulatory actions that amount to a top down shake up of China’s urban economy and society.

  • Influence and Hedging: China's Engagement in South Asia

    • Shibani Mehta
    • September 06, 2021
    • Routledge Handbook on South Asian Foreign Policy

    Shibani Mehta and Manoj Kewalramani examine the hedging strategies of South Asian states amid China’s rise to illustrate how smaller powers can be rather adept at playing the geopolitical game.

  • How America Can Win the Middle East

    If China offers a model of economic prosperity under autocratic rule, can the U.S. counter with a more positive vision—one that also considers the young generation’s aspirations for justice, rule of law, and governance?

  • What the Restarting of North Korea’s Yongbyon Reactor Means

    With no deal with the United States in sight, North Korea has restarted its main nuclear reactor and resumed its production of nuclear material. How should the United States respond?

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