Editors' Pick

With the military defeat of the Islamic State and the al-Assad regime’s grim victory in Syria’s civil war, there has been much speculation about the risks of a new major war breaking out in the Middle East. Until recently, the limelight had shifted to other regional tensions. The proxy...
President Donald Trump

Towards a Neo-Monroe Doctrine: American Hegemony in the Trump Era

A profound change was taking place across the Americas in the 1820s. The gigantic realm of New Spain, once a pinnacle in the European...
Confucius - Temple of Literature, Hanoi

Confucius Institute: Another Example of Canada’s Dysfunctional China Strategy

In the Analects, Confucius famously says: “In practicing the rules of propriety, it is harmony that is prized.” Harmony has been a central tenet...
President Vladimir Putin & Nicolás Maduro

The Geopolitics of the Venezuelan Crisis

A great game is gaining momentum in Venezuela pitting the US against the entrenched interests of China and Russia. Over the years, as Hugo...
It is official now. An attempt is in operation to resolve the eighteen-year long war in Afghanistan to the utter satisfaction of the warring parties: the US and the Taliban. Meanwhile, the US appears both enthusiastic and desperate in its quest for a negotiated end to the long-pending crisis....
On July 7th and 8th of 2019 a broad delegation of representatives from Afghan society partook in an Intra-Afghan dialogue session with the militant group, the Taliban. The talks in the Qatari capital which were jointly organized by the Gulf State and Germany marked the first time that such a diverse...
No one can deny the fact that China’s economic clout in Cambodia is unmatched. Figures pertaining to Chinese FDI in Cambodia and bilateral trade between China and Cambodia strongly reiterate this point. As soon as one lands at the Phnom Penh airport, one can see hoardings of Chinese companies such...
Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world spanning over 17,000 islands, held its Presidential elections on 17 April, which saw the revival of the 2014 rivalry between the incumbent Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, a retired general and former son-in-law of Suharto. Widodo's return to power last...