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Amid daunting security environment, Seoul should tighten alliance with US

The Korea Herald – 6 January 2021 South Korea’s alliance with the U.S. is one of the most significant in the world, with both friends sharing the same democratic values and being important trading partners for one-another. However their relations have recently encountered problems, particularly since Trump’s inauguration four years ago, with geopolitics and a…

DisUnited States

New Straits Times – 5 January 2021 Relations between Malaysia and the U.S. have been somewhat complex over the years: the two nations cooperate closely on security and are significant trading partners, however Malaysian perceptions of America have been damaged since Trump’s election and his following’s Islamophobic rhetoric. This article by New Straits Times presents…

HOW DOES ASIA VIEW THE US ELECTIONS? IS ‘DEMOCRACY AT WORK’ ATTRACTIVE?

Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE, has recently had the following article published in the Scotsman. As we have watched the drama play out on television and in the press that has been the US Presidential Election of 2020, how is this seen by others? Even in Scotland where we…

Beijing Believes Trump Is Accelerating American Decline

Public intelligence assessments of China’s 2020 election preferences only tell half the story. This article by Rush Doshi, the director of the Brookings China Strategy Initiative, was first published by Foreign Policy. In August, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence claimed publicly that China “prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable…

Why America Must Lead Again – Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. – Foreign Affairs By nearly every measure, the credibility and influence of the United States in the world have diminished since President Barack Obama and I left office on January 20, 2017. President Donald Trump has belittled, undermined, and in some cases abandoned U.S. allies and partners. He has turned on…

Trump’s China ‘decoupling’ and coronavirus: why 2020 upheaval won’t kill globalisation

Niccolò Pisani, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) The sudden stop of the global economy in 2020 has brought to everyone’s attention the interconnectedness of supply chains across countries and continents. Add to this the mounting tensions between the US and China, with President Trump now pushing for a decoupling from the Chinese economy as…