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Why the US failure in Afghanistan won’t break NATO

Michael John Williams, Atlantic Council – 25 August 2021 Michael John Williams of the Atlantic Council spoke with European experts and military planners about European faith in the US after withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to Williams, “the situation in Afghanistan is heartbreaking, but it will not break NATO. Nor will it critically undermine US global…

Where are Australia’s liberal values when it comes to Afghanistan?

Daryl Guppy, South China Morning Post – 17 July 2021 In this opinion article on SCMP, Daryl Guppy questions Australia’s adherence to its liberal values regarding delays in granting visas to the Afghan subcontractors who supported the Australian forces during their military occupation. Guppy states “walking away from those who put their lives on the…

Japan, Australia to promote regional trade deals

Japan Today – 16 July 2021 In the recent third Japan-Australia Ministerial Economic Dialogue, both Tokyo and Canberra agreed the importance of both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in economic recovery after Covid-19 restrictions and agreed on a commitment to promoting the two regional trade deals. Read the full article here.

Boosting the Australia–Malaysia strategic partnership

Adam Leong Kok Wey, East Asia Forum – 12 July 2021 This post on East Asia Forum discusses the potential for developing Australia and Malaysia’s strategic relationship, particularly through the lens of The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The article argues that “there is significant potential for Australia and Malaysia to develop their strategic relationship through the…

Putin says Russia ready to continue peace treaty talks with Japan

Nikkei Asia – 5 June 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that “Both Russia and Japan share a strategic interest in concluding a peace treaty” and that both countries are “ready to continue negotiations”. This comes during a continued dispute over the sovereignty of a group of…

Pakistan, Russia on track to develop strong relations

Muzaffar Rizvi, Khaleej Times – 5 June 2021 Experts analysing the recent visit of Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, to Islamabad say that there is strong potential for Russia and Pakistan to develop a closer political and economic relationship if they can overcome their long-standing rivalry. Read the full article here.

Opinion: Why does everyone assume that Russia and China are friends?

Isaac Stone Fish, The Washington Post – 26 May 2021 According to this article on The Washington Post, the popular supposition that China and Russia are close friends is too simple. The author mentions a frosty history between the two nations and Russian territorial interests as reasons for Moscow to build a closer relationship with…

Asean needs to stay neutral and united amid US-China tensions: Tommy Koh

Eileen Ng, The Straits Times – 26 May 2021 Tommy Koh, Singapore’s ‘ambassador-at-large’, said in a recent webinar that what makes Asean countries the coordinator of regional operations is their neutrality and efforts to unite in the face of China-U.S. tensions. Professor Koh stated “Our strategy is to be a friend of both the US…