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16 years after US invasion, Afghanistan at a crossroads

  • Sixteen years after the US-led invasion, and the beginning of America’s longest war, Afghanistan stands at a critical crossroads. While fragile gains have been made since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the nation still faces a daunting array of economic, security, and political risks. ...
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A crucial week in the fight against global warming

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meets this week in France to mark the 30th anniversary of its creation. This body, under the auspices of the UN, is preparing what is likely to be the single biggest agenda-setting, climate science report of the year....
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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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Abe to continue charm offensive as Trump visits Japan

  • Donald Trump starts on Saturday a multi-day trip to Japan with a packed agenda, including preparations for next month’s G-20 summit. The primary reason for the visit, from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s viewpoint, is the opportunity to deepen his personal bond with the mercurial...
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Afghanistan peace hopes remain in the balance

  • Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 29, 2019. (Reuters) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is this week briefing foreign governments on the preparations for peace talks with the Taliban. Wh...
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Africa’s rising star attracts world powers

  • Mike Pompeo on Saturday began his first trip to Africa as US secretary of state with stop-offs in Senegal, Angola, and Ethiopia.  Yet, while his focus on the continent has been welcomed by allies, it comes after more than three years of US diplomatic neglect of the increasingly important r...
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After wild five years, EU prepares for 2020s

  • European presidents and prime ministers meet for a landmark summit on Thursday and Friday that will shape the continent until at least 2024. The meeting will focus on the bloc’s future strategic agenda, but the most difficult business will be carving up top EU jobs, with a transition of power u...
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All eyes on ‘Five Eyes’ response to Huawei schism

  • A pedestrian walks past a Huawei product stand in central London. (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes a key trip to Asia-Pacific this week, with a vital stop-off at Thailand’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign minister forum, before heading to Australia. In...
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All roads lead to Rome … even China’s Belt & Road

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (AFP) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took a swipe at Washington last week over Italy’s apparent decision to endorse Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the first time any G7 state has backed the $1 trillion plan at the center of a geopolitical s...
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Are the wheels coming off  the Brexit train?

  • With the UK Parliament heading into another big week of Brexit votes, fears are growing in Brussels about the slow pace of exit negotiations with London;  so much so that there is growing speculation within the EU 27 about whether the UK’s formal leaving date may be postponed from Mar...
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