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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…

A Roadmap for U.S.-Europe Cooperation on China

Paul Gewirtz, Ryan Hass, Susan Thornton, Robert Williams, Craig Allen, David Dollar, Yale Law School, Paul Tsai China Center – 16 February 2021 A previous article we mentioned this week in South China Morning Post explained the backlash in the European Parliament over the EU-China investment deal due to concerns over ignoring the Biden administration’s…

The United States can still regain its position in leading the free world – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow, The Scotsman – 25 February 2021 Trump’s allegations over rigged voting and the storming of the capitol building triggered a response, mainly from the east, questioning the moral high ground upon which the U.S. holds its democracy. Roddy Gow, chairman and founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, writes in this article on The…

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…

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…