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A stunning assault in Washington

The Straits Times – 8 January 2021 Just as other nations within the region, Singapore’s news outlets have expressed their shock at The Capitol riots and leaders have called for peace and advocated for stability and order. The nations are adjoined in both trade and security initiatives and Singapore is a strong supporter of the…

American Carnage

The Jakarta Post – 8 January 2021 This article in The Jakarta Post, an Indonesian English-language newspaper, describes the scenes that unfolded at The Capitol on Wednesday and the outgoing president’s role in it. There is a prevailing theme among reporting on the event from all Asian countries: this was the culmination of four years…

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…

Heartbreak, humiliation and tragedy for the United States

The Japan Times – 7 January 2021 This unforgiving headline was seen in The Japan Times’ article on the shocking events that unfolded at The Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Japan’s reaction to the riots are a mirror of many states around the world, particularly that of close allies of the U.S.. Relations…

A landmark night in US history: Capitol riots nation’s Waterloo, destroy global image

Double-standard Washington politicians ‘deserve chaos, violence’ GT staff reporters, Global Times – 7 January 2021 Given the tense relations between China and the U.S. as the result of a Trump presidency’s harsh and unforgiving rhetoric towards the country, it is hardly unsurprising to find that the Chinese reaction to the Capitol riots is one of…

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…

Where Next for US Foreign Policy?

Sophia Gaston and Evie Aspinall – British Foreign Policy Group The United States of America’s Presidential Elections have historically been regarded as ‘world events’, and Westminster and Whitehall watch their outcomes keenly – aware of America’s gravitational force on diplomacy, security and international cooperation, and the vested interest in the functioning of its democracy, long…

Letter from Edinburgh

Andrew Milligan – Jackson Hole Economics For 250 years, European writers have been fascinated by how Americans behave. From Fanny Trollope’s ‘Domestic Manners of the Americans’ through De Toqueville’s ‘Democracy in America’ and more recent Alastair Cooke’s ‘Letter from America’, Europeans have been amused, amazed, or aghast at the antics of their American cousins. This…