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CHINA’S INDIAN OCEAN AMBITIONS: INVESTMENT, INFLUENCE, AND MILITARY ADVANTAGE

“Although China’s ultimate aims in the Indian Ocean remain somewhat ambiguous, it is clear that the Chinese leadership is actively pursuing capabilities that would allow it to undertake a range of military missions in the region.” In the latest installment of the Brookings Institution Global China series this article, written by Joshua White, explains China’s expansion…

THE POST-COVID-19 SINO-AMERICAN DUOPOLY

Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui,  Executive Chairman of the Consultancy and Studies Center, NSV The Covid-19 crisis may well bring about an era of deep change in international alliances, although these shifts will take some time. China has tried to seize the momentum since largely recovering from the epidemic, with the twofold aim of turning its weaknesses…

Looting of antiquities has increased under lockdown – here’s how we’re working to prevent this in Iraq

Roger Matthews, University of Reading In addition to causing mayhem and misery for most, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has expanded the opportunities for illicit looting, theft and dealing in one of the world’s most important resources – its cultural heritage. Social instability and financial pressures can combine to encourage looting of archaeological sites across the…

Why Are Fossil Fuels So Hard To Quit?

We all understand that humanity’s use of fossil fuels is severely damaging our environment. They cause pollution and cause lasting harm to the climate of our planet. Nonetheless, meaningfully changing our ways has been very difficult. With billions of people recently under stay-at-home orders and economic activity plunging worldwide, the demand for and price of…

The Economic Consequences of Disrupted Global Supply Chains

For nearly three decades, global supply chains were the quiet engines of economic globalization. From 1990 to 2008, they drove the rapid expansion of trade, accounting for 60-70% of its growth. More than a decade later, however, they have stalled – and may in some areas be going into reverse. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a supply-shock…

Managing the coming $30 trillion deficit while restoring economic growth

As they continue to grapple with a global pandemic, governments will need to manage deficits and debt-payment plans while finding the best ways to support economic recovery. Deficits worldwide could reach $9 trillion to $11 trillion in 2020, and a cumulative total of as much as $30 trillion by 2023. Governments will need to find…

As India and China clash, JFK’s ‘forgotten crisis’ is back

India and China’s deadly crash this week in the Himalayas is the worst crisis in their border quarrel since 1967. Pakistan is also a very interested player, watching the game play out just as it did in 1962 and hoping its rival India will be humiliated. The remote region where the clash is occurring is…

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight to contain the pandemic

The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 8.25 million cases confirmed globally and more than 441,300 people known to have died. With the World Health Orgainsation declaring the outbreak as a pandemic, the virus has spread to more than 200 countries. The Financial Times have provided an up-to-date visual narrative of…

Reopening the World

COVID-19 has shattered economies and societies around the world, upended government plans and business operations, and challenged the fabric of many communities. The effects are far-reaching, and leaders are seeking to understand how they reopen their countries and what are the lessons from other nations. Brookings’ latest publication discusses the reopening in several different countries,…

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