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The war in Afghanistan has shaped an entire generation in the West

Constanze Stelzenmuller, Brookings – 2 September 2021 “The outcome of the final, but as yet unfinished, act of the West’s intervention in Afghanistan will determine its legitimacy. And what happens now will affect trust between politicians, civil societies, and the armed forces for years to come.” This article on Brookings describes why the aftermath of…

What the Arab Gulf is thinking after the Afghanistan withdrawal

Kirsten Fontenrose, Atlantic Council – 23 September 2021 Kirsten Fontenrose of the Atlantic Council reports on how the three heavyweights in the Gulf, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are responding to the crisis in Afghanistan. This article looks, specifically, at how it will impact their relationship with the U.S. and also their security environment.…

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…

As U.S. Leaves Afghanistan, History Suggests It May Struggle to Stay Out

Ben Hubbard, The New York Times – 10 August 2021 Looking at the current collapse of state order within Afghanistan and the events after the withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, this article on The New York Times discusses why the U.S. may struggle to keep troops out of Afghanistan. The article states “The challenge of…

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…

Myanmar rights advocates blast Australian inertia on sanctions

Jessica Mudditt, Nikkei Asia – 2 July 2021 Australia’s government has come under intense scrutiny from experts, activists and opposition parties for its handling of the violence in Myanmar. The government say that the question of whether to impose sanctions is still under review and depends on national-interest, whilst critics argue that there is significant…

Russia’s Pivot to Asia (China) After 2014: The Wrong Turn?

Sergey Sukhankin, The Jamestown Foundation – 8 June 2021 According to this article on The Jamestown Foundation, a number of flaws in Moscow’s Asia strategy have meant their ‘Pivot to Asia’ has not gone as planned. The author states that “the much-praised Sino-Russian partnership is in many ways a one-sided deal. Since 2014, while Beijing…

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.

Russia to Expand Anti-Magnitsky Sanctions Worldwide, Keep U.S. Adoption Ban

The Moscow Times, 3 June 2021 Russia is planning to expand their “anti-Magnitsky” sanctions, now only set for U.S. citizens, worldwide. The legislation, if passed into law, would ban targeted foreigners of all nationalities from entering the country, seize their assets and ban their transactions and investments. The adoption ban for U.S. citizens would not…