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Learning from the War: “Who Lost Afghanistan?” versus Learning “Why We Lost”

Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies – 10 August 2021 As the Taliban surrounds Kabul and takes control of the country, in this report on CSIS the author predicts “a partisan U.S. political battle over who lost Afghanistan”. The author states “the key issue is not why the war was lost, it…

What’s next for maritime cooperation between Indonesia and Australia?

Aristyo Rizka Darmawan, Asia and the Pacific Policy Society – 16 July 2021 The current Joint Declaration and Plan of Action between Australia and Indonesia is approaching the end of its terms, at which point both nations should “reflect on what can be done differently in order to enhance maritime cooperation into the future”. According…

Will India Balance China in Asia? The U.S. Can Only Hope

Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg – 22 May 2021 Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg Opinion, talks with Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, about whether or not India can really help the U.S. to balance China in Asia. Madan states, “questions about India’s trajectory as a pluralistic democracy could affect the pace…

South Korea’s relationships with China and the United States

Duncan Bartlett and Rory Green, China in Context Podcast – 19 May 2021 In this episode of Duncan Bartlett’s China in Context Podcast, the host talks with Rory Green, a TS Lombard economist, about the geopolitics surrounding South Korea’s complex relationship with China. The U.S. as an ally of South Korea and friendly relations between…

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…

In One Afghan District, Peace From 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Taimoor Shah and Fahim Abed, The New York Times – 8 March 2021 During the day in Panjwai, Afghanistan, you’d be forgiven for thinking the war had ended. An unofficial ceasefire, this is an example of how small communities, exhausted from violence, can govern the fighting without foreign intervention or reliance on government. This article in…

Decades after the Gulf War, Iraq’s youth view oil as a curse

Sofia Barbarani, Al Jazeera – 26 February 2021 The lives of Iraqi citizens, even those who don’t care much for oil, has been unmistakably influenced by the large role their country’s oil plays in foreign politics. This article explains why, decades on from their invasion of Kuwait, the youth of Iraq view oil as a…

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…

What Hong Kong can do for Scotland – Roy Leckie

Roy Leckie, Executive Director of Investment & Client Service at Walter Scott, first published this article in Reform Scotland, a charity which aims to inform and influence policy debate through research, the publication of reports and briefings and by arranging lectures and seminars.  It is well known that Scotland had a massive influence on the…