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The Quad’s importance to India’s strategic autonomy

C. Raja Mohen, The Indian Express – 16 March 2021 The Indian Express reports on the importance of India’s participation in The Quad to the country’s strategic autonomy. The article also discusses the opposing view from The Global Times, the Chinese newspaper for international affairs, that India will lose this strategic autonomy by moving further…

Biden’s Afghanistan plan: It’s now or never

Kriti M. Shah, Observer Research Foundation – 10 March 2021 In this article on ORF, Kriti M. Shah outlines the Biden administration’s four-point plan to its peaceful withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan. Shah states that whilst the plan is careful of the progress the U.S. has made on peace in the country, the…

The leaked U.S. plan to end the war in Afghanistan

Susannah George, The Washington Post – 10 March 2021 The Washington Post reports this week on the leaked U.S. document that details plans to withdraw all American troops by the 1st May on the grounds that Afghanistan’s government is replaced with temporary leaders, a new constitution is drafted and a ceasefire is brokered. Read the…

Is Engaging With China Still Useful?

Paul J. Smith, The National Interest – 23 February 2021 Both China and the U.S. are at a critical stage in their relationship as a balancing of power causes tensions. This article by Paul J. Smith on The National Interest asks whether or not engagement with China is still useful and what kind of engagement…

Short of War – How to Keep U.S.-Chinese Confrontation From Ending in Calamity

Kevin Rudd, Foreign Affairs – March/April 2021 The U.S. has been the world superpower in a unipolar international system since the collapse of the Soviet Union, therefore it should serve as no surprise that the fast rise of China and their impending joint place at the top of the table unsettles Washington. Kevin Rudd writes…

US should make competition fair, not a game to contain China: Global Times editorial

Global Times – 24 February 2021 This article in Global Times publicises what they say are China’s ‘long-term cultural and institutional advantages’ and why the U.S. should aim for fair and justified competition with them, rather than the destructive and toxic actions to contain their inevitable rise. Read the full article here.

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…

What Will the Biden Administration Mean for Southeast Asia?

Joshua Kurlantzick – World Politics Review With a Biden administration on the horizon, what will his approach to the Southeast Asian region look like? Will it resemble Trump’s or will he take a more engaging approach? Apart from containing the pandemic, Biden’s main aim for when he first takes presidency is to repair America’s frayed…

The China Challenge Can Help America Avert Decline

 Kurt M. Campbell and Rush Doshi – Foreign Affairs When U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office—likely masked and surrounded by socially distanced officials and family—he will look out on a country that many believe is in decline. The problems that propelled President Donald Trump to office, including a collapsing middle class and…