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AUKUS dispute opens the door for Russia

  • The AUKUS tripartite announcement regarding a new Indo-Pacific security structure also means a sharp shift in the maritime defense industry. In addition, Australia is to acquire at least eight highly advanced nuclear-powered submarines with support from the US and the UK. The AUKUS announcement...
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How useful is the UN when it comes to pandemic policy?

  • It is a bit early to tell how far the UN General Assembly will go as far as its pandemic actions are concerned, but the crux of the matter is the UN’s usefulness when it comes to issues, such as COVID-19 policy, that affect all countries alike. Also, beyond the words delivered by global leaders...
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Russia-Japan tensions rise as Moscow eyes Kuril development

  • Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s visit to the Kuril Islands last week was an important message to Japan, but also to other audiences. The island chain has been claimed by Russia since the end of the Second World War, but Tokyo does not acknowledge Moscow’s claim. The debate is not new...
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War and peace at stake at likely US-Russia summit

  • US-Russia relations are at rock bottom. Name-calling over recent weeks, combined with events around eastern Ukraine, required a sudden gesture by US President Joe Biden to call his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss a potential summit and a host of other bilateral security...
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Turkey’s strategic assertiveness a dangerous development

  • Turkey’s foreign policy strategy appears to be becoming something of a Frankenstein’s monster. The reasoning behind this statement lies in Ankara’s push into the Eastern Mediterranean as part of its “Blue Homeland” (Mavi Vatan) doctrine, which stipulates that the country’s security lies under t...
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Global ideological infighting won’t curb this pandemic

  • Since China reported the novel coronavirus to the World Health Organization (WHO) three months ago, international cooperation has been slow. Rather than work together to defeat a shared threat, countries are taking unilateral steps to shield themselves and protect their own citizens’ health and...
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Saudi support of Cyprus key as tempers flare in Mediterranean

  • Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides meets with King Salman, in Riyadh. (SPA) Saudi Arabia’s decision to support Cyprus in the ongoing battle over the Eastern Mediterranean is designed to protect the country from Turkish intrusion. Cyprus is angered by Turkey’s bid to d...
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New START talks offer hope of expanded arms control regime

  • The Trump administration pursues international arms control by tearing up treaties because of Russian violations or because they have become outdated due to technological advances or the behavior of adversaries who cannot adhere to them. The casting aside of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force...
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US influence in Northeast Asia faces several complications

  • U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Reuters) The relationships between the US and Japan and South Korea are undergoing a reset due to Northeast Asian geopolitics. American officials attach great importan...
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Putin’s Rome trip highlights Italy’s importance to Russia

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin last Thursday held a very productive series of meetings in Rome that signaled Moscow’s immediate desires and concerns. The symbolism of the visit crossed many different geopolitical and geoeconomic angles that illustrate the relationship between Russia and Italy...
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