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Why China’s PLA is a weak but dangerous army

Why China’s PLA is a weak but dangerous army

CHINA's military capability and intentions are causing significant concern among its regional neighbours and the United States, writes guest [...]

Protests continue despite Morocco’s reforms

Protests continue despite Morocco’s reforms

THE ARAB Spring in Morocco has turned into some sort of ‘velvet evolution’, with a peaceful transition toward democracy. The constitutional [...]

US and Russia fill the gap as Middle East oil supply is hit

US and Russia fill the gap as Middle East oil supply is hit

THE GLOBAL price of oil has been stable as never before - despite some of the world’s biggest disruptions to oil supply. Several opposite [...]

Why China is unfazed by Russia's creation of a Eurasian Union

Why China is unfazed by Russia's creation of a Eurasian Union

RUSSIA is gradually embracing its former Soviet neighbours as President Vladimir Putin realises his grand vision of a Eurasian Economic [...]

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Celebrations can’t disguise fragile Somalia’s problems

Celebrations can’t disguise fragile Somalia’s problems

SOMALIA celebrated 54 years of independence on July 1, 2014, amid a mood of cautious optimism. Siad Barre's 21-year military dictatorship, [...]

Peace, investment and security are Santos’s three challenges

Peace, investment and security are Santos’s three challenges

PRESIDENT Juan Manuel Santos narrowly won re-election for a second four-year term as Colombia's president in June 2014 and immediately began [...]

Russia and China's partnership hint at return to new Cold War

Russia and China's partnership hint at return to new Cold War

A CENTURY ago the beginning of the First World War marked the shattering of world peace and a break in the Austro-Hungarian geopolitical [...]

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Japan’s vested interests remain off-target for Abe’s reforms

Japan’s vested interests remain off-target for Abe’s reforms

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revealed the details of the ‘third arrow’ of his reform programme after 18 months in office. The [...]

Developing countries get second chance for investment and growth

Developing countries get second chance for investment and growth

STOCKS in most developed countries have done remarkably well over the last three years and reached their pre-global economic crisis levels [...]

World markets punish Russian economy as Ukraine crisis continues

World markets punish Russian economy as Ukraine crisis continues

THE RUSSIAN economy is being pounded by capital flight, plummeting investment, rising inflation and a drop in business confidence, writes [...]

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Iran looks to unlock massive oil and gas reserves – in wake of nuclear deal

Iran looks to unlock massive oil and gas reserves – in wake of nuclear deal

THE SIX world powers - the P5+1 of China, France, Russia, US, UK, plus Germany - are seeking to persuade Iran to scale back its nuclear [...]

Could Poland’s energy union plan keep the lights on in Europe?

Could Poland’s energy union plan keep the lights on in Europe?

POLISH Prime Minister Donald Tusk will present his proposal for an energy union for Europe at a crucial meeting of the European Council. He [...]

Energy was a key factor in Russia's move on Crimea

Energy was a key factor in Russia's move on Crimea

THE UKRAINE conflict and Russia’s annexation of Crimea is ultimately about power but Russia’s destabilisation and annexation strategy has [...]

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Japan adds muscle to its regional defence strategy

Japan adds muscle to its regional defence strategy

JAPAN’S armed forces will soon be able to take part in armed conflicts abroad for the first time since the Second World War. The change to [...]

ISIS advance in Iraq poses threat to regional instability

ISIS advance in Iraq poses threat to regional instability

ISIS, the al-Qaeda affiliated extremist group sweeping through Iraq on its way to the capital, Bagdhad, is a coalition of the willing, [...]

Finding a common defence policy for Europe

Finding a common defence policy for Europe

EUROPE’S defence policy, and its striking absence of military power, is failing to frighten anyone while it seeks to be a world leader, [...]

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Japan defence reforms continue to draw ire from Beijing

Japan defence reforms continue to draw ire from Beijing

THE defence reforms that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on July 1, 2014, represent a distinct and important shift in the identity of [...]

Turkey aims to increase regional influence with gas and pipeline deal

Turkey aims to increase regional influence with gas and pipeline deal

NEW ENERGY agreements, which reorganise the shareholding structure of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas field and TANAP pipeline projects, were [...]

India has a major stake in Afghanistan’s future

India has a major stake in Afghanistan’s future

AFGHANISTAN not only shares socio-cultural and historic links with India, but is also geographically comparatively close to New Delhi. It [...]

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