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A vacuum in the Asia Pacific region

  • The Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) held the first extraordinary leadership meeting in its history on Friday as the region recovers from the pandemic after the biggest economic and political shock since the Second World War.  As 2021 APEC chair, New Zealand’s highest priority is lea...
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G7 flexes its political muscles again

  • While the G7 was created in the 1970s to monitor developments in the world economy, last week’s crisis meeting of Western leaders illustrated the group’s often under-appreciated importance as an international security linchpin.  The G7 has also shown that other international organization...
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US-China tensions likely to resurface at APEC summit

  • While much of the world is focused on the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, at the other end of the world on Friday and Saturday will be another key meeting — the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Council leadership session, featuring Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, plus Prime Ministers Scot...
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Phnom Penh summit highlights Europe’s growing focus on Asia

  • While many headlines have been made in 2021 by the intensified US focus on Asia under President Joe Biden, the growing attention that Europe is devoting to the world’s fastest-growing economic region is often overlooked. The latest signal of European intent toward Asia comes with the Asia-Eur...
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Why Biden’s eye is on Tokyo

  • While US President Joe Biden is heavily focused on the dangerous Russia stand-off in Ukraine, his attention was diverted last week by a summit with new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.  At a time of growing tension with not just Moscow but also Beijing, Kishida could be a pivotal f...
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The UK has much to ponder as it reorients its foreign policy

  • Speaking during an official visit to Washington on Thursday, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned that the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are as serious for the world as those of 9/11, and said the UK and other Western nations are paying the price for years of failure to ...
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Biden doubles down on transatlantic ties

  • The importance of the transatlantic alliance will be showcased again this week when Joe Biden makes his third big overseas trip as US president, with Europe yet again the destination following his visits there last summer and fall. While this trip will be dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukra...
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Why the West’s rejuvenation is not yet complete

  • The decline of the West became a dominant theme during the Donald Trump era, but its rejuvenation as a political force has been one of the key topics of discussion at the NATO and European Council summits this week. While US President Joe Biden is widely criticized in the US, his presidency h...
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Why Sunday’s French election matters to the world

  • It is not just the French populace that is holding its breath as the final round of presidential election on Sunday sees incumbent Emmanuel Macron face off against far-right Marine Le Pen. For much of the world is watching too. At stake is the future direction of the eurozone’s second-largest ...
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UN remains relevant despite Ukraine difficulties

  • Western countries and corporations’ unexpectedly strong rebuke of Russia following its invasion of Ukraine has surprised many, but now, two months into the conflict, the UN is facing growing criticism of its multilateral efforts to secure peace. To date, more than 30 countries representing mo...
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