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Germany cuts on defence spending again Analyses & Assessments

Germany cuts on defence spending again

Berlin had already announced that it will fall significantly short of NATO’s defence spending goals, annoying the United States. It now risks...

India’s economic woes Analyses & Assessments

India’s economic woes

India’s economy expanded by 6.6 percent during October-December, the lowest in five quarters, on weak consumer demand and investments, dealing a...

Japan revamps its immigration system Analyses & Assessments

Japan revamps its immigration system

Buoyed by hopes of higher wages yet burdened by loans, Vietnamese youth will be among those most affected by a new scheme to let in more blue-collar...

South Africa’s Blackout Problem Analyses & Assessments

South Africa’s Blackout Problem

A tropical cyclone in Mozambique that caused the death of over 140 people and also the destruction of electricity and phone infrastructure has...

Saudi’s brutal campaign to stifle dissent Analyses & Assessments

Saudi’s brutal campaign to stifle dissent

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is said to have ordered the surveillance, detention and torture of Saudi Arabian dissidents...

Return of Neo - Ottamanism Analyses & Assessments

Return of Neo - Ottamanism

Turkey is emerging as the leader of a new Middle East bloc with support from Russia and Iran. The Ottoman Empire historically known in Western Europe...

China appeases US trade concerns Analyses & Assessments

China appeases US trade concerns

China is to implement a new Foreign Investment Law in 2020, seeking to assuage US concerns over technology and intellectual property rights. The law...

Preparations for EU-China Summit Begins Analyses & Assessments

Preparations for EU-China Summit Begins

The European Commission will present a series of action points to stop unfair trade practices by China ahead of a crucial EU-China summit in April...

ISIL on the brink, challenges await in Syria Analyses & Assessments

ISIL on the brink, challenges await in Syria

ISIL’s few remaining enclaves are primed to be run over. However, the defeat of ISIL brings with it a number of considerations in regard to the...

UN envoy raises concerns over Bangladesh’s Rohingya relocation plans Analyses & Assessments

UN envoy raises concerns over Bangladesh’s Rohingya relocation plans

Bangladesh's planned relocation of 23,000 Rohingya from Cox's Bazar imperils their lives. The proposed relocation site sits in a geographically...

 US to become largest oil exporter Analyses & Assessments

US to become largest oil exporter

The US could overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil exporter by 2024, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted. The...

Afghanistan’s Peace Progress Analyses & Assessments

Afghanistan’s Peace Progress

As ongoing direct talks between the United States and the Taliban further open the door for peace in Afghanistan, the country is facing ‘daunting...

Finland’s government resigns Analyses & Assessments

Finland’s government resigns

The coalition government in Finland resigned because it could not deliver on a healthcare reform package that is widely seen as crucial to securing...

WTO and WHO seek to ensure food security Analyses & Assessments

WTO and WHO seek to ensure food security

Food security threatens the lives of millions around the world, especially those in underprivileged countries. Organizations such as the WTO and WHO...

ISIS in Philippines Analyses & Assessments

ISIS in Philippines

The threat of Islamic State is mounting in the Philippines along with the growing momentum among local pro-Islamic State militant groups. In Iraq and...

NZ plans to curb Foreign Influence in Politics Analyses & Assessments

NZ plans to curb Foreign Influence in Politics

New Zealand is considering introducing laws aimed at curbing foreign influence in domestic politics, ahead of a general election next year. New...

ECB’s new stimulus package Analyses & Assessments

ECB’s new stimulus package

The European Central Bank said it will offer more cheap loans to banks and keep interest rates at a record low for a longer period as a weakening...

Is Japan in a recession? Analyses & Assessments

Is Japan in a recession?

The Japanese government downgraded its assessment of a key indicator of economic trends, suggesting Japan may have already entered a recession rather...

EU declares end of migration crisis Analyses & Assessments

EU declares end of migration crisis

The European Commission has declared the migration crisis over, as it sharpened its attack on “fake news” and “misinformation” about the issue. Frans...

Russia’s hypersonic weapons targets US Analyses & Assessments

Russia’s hypersonic weapons targets US

After INF suspension, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, threatening to attack...