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Biden losing friends and gaining enemies

Brandon J. Weichert, Asia Times – 27 April 2021 Strengthening relationships with its allies is key to the U.S. containing China’s economic coercion and rise to power, yet according to this article on Asia Times “the Biden administration has gone out of its way to alienate potential allies across the world”. Read the full article…

Biden’s $90 Billion Bailout to Tehran

Lindsey D. Graham, Foreign Policy – 28 April 2021 At the start of his presidency, Joe Biden has acquired affairs with the Middle East that are relatively quiet. However, according to this article in Foreign Policy, if Biden returns the U.S. to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action “it could reverse positive momentum in…

Human Rights and US Foreign Policy: Implications for India and China

Ayjaz Wani and Kashish Parpiani, Observer Research Foundation – 28 April 2021 This Observer Research Foundation paper by Ayjaz Wani and Kashish Parpiani examines the Trump administration’s approach to human rights within India and China and how the approach compares to the current one under the Biden administration. The paper’s main findings note “an emergent…

Washington Is Avoiding the Tough Questions on Taiwan and China

Charles L. Glaser, Foreign Affairs – 28 April 2021 It is a widely held belief among U.S. foreign policy officials that China presents a greater threat now than ever before. Consequently, most debate about foreign policy towards China has involved how to cooperate with U.S. allies to contain Beijing’s economic force. However, this article considers…

Reaction and revenge

Duncan Bartlett, Asian Affairs – April 2021 The US and its allies have reacted to China’s tightened control over Hong Kong by placing sanctions on top Communist Party figures. In this article on Asian Affairs, Duncan Bartlett considers whether or not and how China will respond to this overseas condemnation. Read the full article here.

Mr. Suga’s VIP Treatment at the White House Provokes China’s Fury

Duncan Bartlett, Japan Forward – 19 April 2021 In this article on Japan Forward, Duncan Bartlett analyses Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s recent meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden at The White House. Joint support for Taiwan, the climate crisis and North Korea were among the topics for discussion. Read the full article here.

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…

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…