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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…

How China’s Digital Silk Road Is Leading Countries Away from the United States

Patrick Tucker, Defense One – 22 February 2021 This article looks at how China is building dependencies on their technology within other countries’ infrastructure in order to weaken their partners’ ties with the U.S.. Their strategy includes the supply of security technology to autocratic regimes, technology investments and the investment in Chinese tech education. Read…

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…

China’s expanding influence at the United Nations — and how the United States should react

Jeffrey Feltman – Brookings China’s growing influence inside the United Nations is inevitable, stemming from President Xi Jinping’s more assertive foreign policy and the fact that China’s assessed contributions to the world body are now second only to those of the United States. Traditionally focused on the U.N.’s development activities, China now flexes its muscles…

There are no winners in US-China technology divide

Jonathan D. Pollack – Brookings TikTok and WeChat, two hugely successful Chinese social media applications that have gained global popularity, abruptly find their access to the U.S. consumer market at risk. In August, President Donald Trump ordered TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to sell its product to a U.S. company within 90 days. He simultaneously banned Tencent, the…

The fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan

John R. Allen and Vanda Felbab-Brown – Brookings This piece is part of 19A: The Brookings Gender Equality Series. In this essay series, Brookings scholars, public officials, and other subject-area experts examine the current state of gender equality 100 years after the 19th Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution and propose recommendations to cull the…

Forget TikTok. China’s Powerhouse App Is WeChat, and Its Power Is Sweeping.

A vital connection for the Chinese diaspora, the app has also become a global conduit of Chinese state propaganda, surveillance and intimidation. The United States has proposed banning it. Originally published in New York Times – Written By Paul Mozur Just after the 2016 presidential election in the United States, Joanne Li realized the app that…