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  • China’s military expansion – what right does Washington have to be worried?
    by Fred Johnston on April 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

    In August 2017, two Chinese warships carrying an unidentified number of military personnel berthed on the coast of the East African nation of Djibouti, signaling the first Chinese military base outside of the South China Sea. This commitment enhances the country’s military presence in Africa, as over 3,000 troops ... The post China’s military expansion – what right does Washington have to be worried? appeared first on Foreign […]

  • Trump, Kim, and the Breaking of Coalitions
    by Scott Monje on April 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    As you have probably heard. President Donald J. Trump has accepted an invitation to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.* People who were genuinely worried that Trump was going to start a needless war with North Korea now seem to be nearly as worried that he is going to talk ... The post Trump, Kim, and the Breaking of Coalitions appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Missile Diplomacy in Syria
    by Richard Basas on April 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Syria has been the subject of international attention this week due to the recent strike by US, UK and French forces on chemical facilities operated by Syrian President Assad’s forces. Russia, Syria’s ally on the UN Security Council, has put out several statements condemning actions by Western forces, including The post Missile Diplomacy in Syria appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina is on the brink of a constitutional and political crisis. Simply put: If it happens, Russia wins and the United States and Europe lose.
    by FPA Administrator on April 17, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    In December 2016, the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Constitutional Court ruled in the “Ljubic” decision that elements of the country’s electoral legislation undermines the rights of the country’s Constituent People’s – the Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats – to elect their own representatives, as enshrined in the Dayton Accords.  What makes ... The post Bosnia and Herzegovina is on the brink of a […]

  • Bangladeshi Hindu Human Rights Activist: “Muslims celebrate destruction of Hindu home”
    by Rachel Avraham on April 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      As we speak, the political situation in Bangladesh is deteriorating for the Hindu community. Millions of acres of Hindu land has been confiscated and redefined as enemy property. According to Shipan Kumer Basu, the President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee, “Local land grabber Manik Miah has occupied the ... The post Bangladeshi Hindu Human Rights Activist: “Muslims celebrate destruction of Hindu home” appeared […]

  • 2018 Iranian Protests: A Second Revolution on the Way in Iran?
    by FPA Administrator on April 13, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    What started off as protests spurred on by the deteriorating economic conditions in Iran and the inflation in prices of basic necessities, escalated into a rebellion against the Islamic Republic itself. But to what extent are these protests threatening the theocratic regime, and could such an upheaval foreshadow a ... The post 2018 Iranian Protests: A Second Revolution on the Way in Iran? appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Putin’s next 6 years: shadow of stagnation or light of reform?
    by FPA Administrator on April 12, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    After his record landslide victory on 18 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin likely knows he cannot rest on his laurels. With oil prices unlikely to rise anytime soon, national economic stagnation, a still heavily State-and-oligarch-controlled economy and an ever-growing shadow of confrontation with the West, Putin has his work ... The post Putin’s next 6 years: shadow of stagnation or light of reform? appeared first on Foreign Policy […]

  • U.S.-ROK Annual Military Drills Again Signal Kim Jong-un Punishments for Deception
    by Mark (Won Min) Seo on April 11, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    This year’s U.S.-ROK annual joint military drills kicked off on 1 April after a delay of two months caused by the astonishingly fast-forwarded bilateral thaws between the Koreas, U.S. and China. The first part of the drills, Foal Eagle, will involve a field training exercise of 11,500 U.S. and ... The post U.S.-ROK Annual Military Drills Again Signal Kim Jong-un Punishments for Deception appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Israel and Iran on the path to escalation
    by FPA Administrator on April 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Iran has been ratcheting up the rhetoric while Haaretz warns of the consequences of Iran’s ambitions in Syria. It all started back in February, when an Iranian drone and an Israeli F-16 were shot down at the Syria-Israel border. More incidents and additional quarrels over the Iran Nuclear Deal could lead to ... The post Israel and Iran on the path to escalation appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Chinese economic interests and the threat to EU cohesion
    by FPA Administrator on April 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Today, some of Europe’s poorest countries are critical to China’s global economic development strategy. Under the 16+1 sub-regional framework, which includes eleven countries from central and eastern Europe and five from the Balkans (CEEC), China is pursuing investment opportunities in infrastructure in order to enhance its connectivity with the ... The post Chinese economic interests and the threat to EU cohesion appeared first […]

  • Foreign aid and strategic competition in the South Pacific
    by FPA Administrator on April 5, 2018 at 10:30 am

    On February 26, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 35 kilometers underneath the Southern Highlands in Papua New Guinea, causing at least fifty deaths. An Australian Air Force plane carrying relief supplies landed five days later amid criticism that aid had been too slow to arrive. The effectiveness of the Australian response in PNG ... The post Foreign aid and strategic competition in the South Pacific appeared first on […]

  • Voting Against the Law of Corruption
    by Richard Basas on April 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    While difficult to measure a few months before elections are to take place, major national and regional changes are coming to the Americas, with votes likely determining the future economic and security focus of the region. When considering NAFTA, it could be that the waves created by Trumps bargaining approach may ... The post Voting Against the Law of Corruption appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Xi Jinping: China’s Emperor for life?
    by FPA Administrator on April 3, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    The annual full session of the National People’s Congress, which began on 5 March, sees President Xi Jinping on the way to becoming China’s “Emperor” for life. Following the party’s Central Committee proposal of eliminating the limits for the country’s president from the constitution – currently set at a maximum ... The post Xi Jinping: China’s Emperor for life? appeared first on Foreign Policy […]

  • Theresa May’s evolving Brexit strategy
    by FPA Administrator on April 2, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    The transition agreement between the UK and EU means that although the UK will officially leave the EU in March 2019, it will still remain in the customs union and single market for another 21 months. The deal was struck after several concessions by the UK, indicating the government’s willingness ... The post Theresa May’s evolving Brexit strategy appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • John Bolton’s Unrestored Mind
    by Roshni Majumdar on March 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      John Bolton’s alarming return to a position of power, as top aide to the United States’ President, is cause for worry. A die-hard self-described Americanist, Bolton sees the world in black and white. In his thesis, “Should We Take Global Governance Seriously?”, published in 2000, Bolton outlined an America divided ... The post John Bolton’s Unrestored Mind appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

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