Background papers, Political Commentary

Emerging Alliances: Central and Near West Asia

On 4th and 5th April, President Erdogan hosted a meeting with President Putin of Russia and President Rouhani of Iran. While the stated goal was to discuss the situation in Syria, the meeting was a clarion call, a warning and a sign of changing times and alliances. The conflux of Russia, Iran and Turkey allows… Continue reading Emerging Alliances: Central and Near West Asia

Political Commentary

The Koreas: A Typhoon viewed through a Tea Cup

A month before the Olympics in South Korea, the World and the US was facing a nuclear standoff with Kim Jong-Un in North Korea. About a month after the Olympics, President Moon was visiting North Korea at the invite of Chairman Jong-Un. There was no representative of the US present and there apparently was no… Continue reading The Koreas: A Typhoon viewed through a Tea Cup

Political Commentary

China: Global Power and Regent

If you were in any doubt about who is emerging as the most powerful global power, both economic and politically, it would be China. Politically China today heralds the most "convening ability" in bringing to the table a maximum number of countries and regional powers. Its growing global political power is backed by its considerable… Continue reading China: Global Power and Regent

Political Commentary

Alternative Interpretations: UK and the Russian Expulsions

The timing of the alleged Russian poisoning of the defector was uncanny. It was the week before PM May was going to have her final showdown with the EU on BREXIT negotiations. Then there was the positioning and May's carefully crafted House of Commons statement a few days later, in which she invoked the full… Continue reading Alternative Interpretations: UK and the Russian Expulsions

Background papers, International Law, Political Commentary

International Law and Exceptionalism: Russia and the US

The ravages of World War II had put a finer point on the need for the emergent community of nations to maintain a strong collective commitment to international norms and conventions. This created the bedrock for the United Nations and the international legal system in the immediate aftermath. Challenges quickly emerged as Communism and religious… Continue reading International Law and Exceptionalism: Russia and the US

Background papers

Syria Seven Years Later: No Comment

I defer to the perfect written statement from the Responsibility to Protect (G2P) IGO. Here it is ... there are no words to describe the sorrow and regret that I have for what is happening in Syria. Please read this: Quote: This Thursday, 15 March, will mark seven years of deadly conflict in Syria. Since… Continue reading Syria Seven Years Later: No Comment

Background papers, Political Commentary

US Foreign Policy: 90 degrees change in Path and Focus

DT has managed to refocus US Foreign Policy within a year of assuming the seat of power, changing key policy commitments and challenging others including the relationship with Europe, China and Russia. Most significantly, Trump's hegemonic focus on the economics of "America First" has resulted in The¬†militarization of¬†US Foreign Policy, creating impunity for particular¬†miltiaristic allies,… Continue reading US Foreign Policy: 90 degrees change in Path and Focus