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PALACE DIPLOMACY

China’s charm offensive upon ruling elites has made it Africa’s most popular ally and trading partner.

BACK AT THE HELM

The rise and reign of Xi Jinping replicated the making of Mao and perhaps even surpassed the idol.

A GLOOMY ENGLISH WINTER

The Conservative Party has slept at the wheel and must take control before it’s too late

A MINI ABRAHAM ACCORDS?

Are Israel and Lebanon finally edging closer to a rare truce after decades of hostilities?

MUQTADA AL SADR ON THE WARPATH, AGAIN

The face-off between Muqtada al-Sadr and the caretaker government has once again brought the country perilously close to chaos.

NORTH KOREA - BACK TO THE BRINK

A security dilemma in the Korean Peninsula is hell-bent on aggravating regional tensions

PERILS OF DIGITAL HEALTH CARE

Digital resilience is essential to accelerate reliable and safe healthcare.

TURKEY - RUSSIA SUMMIT, 2022

After having recently summited in Tehran, President Putin and President Erdogan are scheduled to meet again

CPEC UNDER SIEGE

It is finally dawning upon China that its dreams of reincarnating the ancient Silk Road to mark its rise as the 'Middle Kingdom' will come at a price.

EUROPE’S GREEN DREAM

A reconfiguration of Europe’s energy infrastructure proposes to put the continent firmly upon its climate targets. Will it be able to withstand the pressures of the War in Ukraine?

FROM SADDAM TO SADR, WHAT’S NEXT FOR IRAQ?

Iraq’s political crisis reached a crescendo on Sunday with the resignation of its majority bloc. The fate of a nation ranking 20th on the Fragile State index remains uncertain.

AN UNEASY COALITION

The state of Israel is focusing on the evolving nuclear threat from its arch-enemy Iran to seek unity in its deeply polarised society.

JAPAN: VEERING TOWARDS NUCLEAR ENERGY?

Rising energy costs and falling yen may force Japan to review its energy strategy and perhaps rehabilitate the moribund nuclear power generation sector.

STARVED OF OIL?

The EU ban on oil imports from Russia is a ticking bomb for the entire global oil market.

BEARISH OR BULLISH?

A fresh slew of sanctions has been imposed on Russia by the West to force Moscow to cease hostilities. But will they succeed?

Geopolitical Realignments for Energy Security

Energy has been the principal driver of the modern industrialised world and it is hardly surprising that its appetite for energy resources has been at the heart of geopolitical tensions.

Standing with Asia

With global attention riveted upon eastern Europe, President Biden's ASEAN summit was an attempt to reassure his Asian allies of continued American support.

A Nordic Tinge to NATO

The US president, Joe Biden, has promised full support to both Finland and Sweden in their membership applications to what he called a “revived NATO” in the light of t

Growing Stronger Together

Despite their political differences, India and Australia are keen to promote trade and investment, besides cooperating in the Indo-Pacific.

The Nuclear Calculus

Will the invasion of Ukraine by Russia prompt non-nuclear nations to revisit their security architecture?