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Top 10 Geopolitical Risks in 2020 by Synergia Group Analyses & Assessments

Top 10 Geopolitical Risks in 2020 by Synergia Group

Along with global economic imbalance, an epidemic, and socio-political unrest ushering in 2020, here are the top 10 risks for the rest of the year.

20 Years after the Beijing Women's Declaration Analyses & Assessments

20 Years after the Beijing Women's Declaration

The UN Report New Era for Girls takes stock of changes over the course of the 20 years since the Beijing deceleration.

“Redback” Rising: Trading in Yuan Analyses & Assessments

“Redback” Rising: Trading in Yuan

The increasing influence of the Chinese Yuan is raising red flags. What are the impacts on Yuan’s reserve status and its usage in global trade?

Israel: A Plebiscite on Bibi Analyses & Assessments

Israel: A Plebiscite on Bibi

The Israeli elections are likely to become a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu, who was charged with corruption in November 2019. Will “right” politics prevail?

The post-BREXIT UK: Pigeonholing Access Analyses & Assessments

The post-BREXIT UK: Pigeonholing Access

The UK has instituted a new points-based immigration system post BREXIT. How will this impact immigration into “Fortress UK?”

The Paradox of Sudan Analyses & Assessments

The Paradox of Sudan

After decades of authoritarian rule, Omar al-Bashir is likely to stand the ICC trial. Is this the dawn of a new rule-based democratic Sudan?

The Iraqi Dilemma: Protests and More Analyses & Assessments

The Iraqi Dilemma: Protests and More

Iraq, a fulcrum of Middle East geopolitics, is trapped inexorably in the Iran- U.S. faceoff. Will it turn into a battlefield for a wider 21st Century war?

Turkey & Syria: Gathering War Clouds Analyses & Assessments

Turkey & Syria: Gathering War Clouds

Turkey and Syria are on the verge of open conflict over the control of the strategic Idlib province. Can the world avert an all-out war?

Indo-US Trade & Defence Agreement Analyses & Assessments

Indo-US Trade & Defence Agreement

With the US President’s visit, will India and US conclude the long-overdue deals?

President Trump’s Palestine Solution Op-Eds

President Trump’s Palestine Solution

Is President Trump's much-awaited Palestinian Peace Plan the ‘Deal of the Century’ or merely ‘Clapping with one hand!’

Coronavirus - Epidemic or a Pandemic Analyses & Assessments

Coronavirus - Epidemic or a Pandemic

A new virus that has gained traction in China has begun a global spread, and the world is now alarmed.

Xi Jinping in Myanmar -Heralding a New Era Op-Eds

Xi Jinping in Myanmar -Heralding a New Era

Will there be some quid-pro-quo between Myanmar and the PRC after Xi Jinping's visit to Myanmar on the eve of ICJ ‘s verdict on the Rohingya genocide case?

The Wuhan Fever- A New Outbreak? Analyses & Assessments

The Wuhan Fever- A New Outbreak?

Despite the vast advances made in medical sciences, nature stays a step ahead of human ingenuity. While we eradicate old diseases, new ones emerge.

 Carlos Ghosn -The Great Escape Op-Eds

Carlos Ghosn -The Great Escape

Scripted like a Hollywood movie, the escape of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn from Japanese law has captivated the world. Is he a plain fugitive or does the Japanese legal system warrant closer…

Global Protests-A society at war with itself? Analyses & Assessments

Global Protests-A society at war with itself?

The society at present is full of paradoxes- on the one hand, we are on the threshold of the next phase of the digital revolution and the other hand there is anger, distrust and disillusion with the…

Sri Lankan Elections Analyses & Assessments

Sri Lankan Elections

Victory in the Sri Lankan Presidential elections of the former defence chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 70, could herald a new era in the political scene of the ‘Emerald Island’. With his brother and…

The ‘Browning’ of Canadian Politics Analyses & Assessments

The ‘Browning’ of Canadian Politics

Justin Trudeau’s second coming may not be as rosy as the first time around. After losing the majority vote, Trudeau is faced with some challenges. Will his charm offensive see him through another…

United Nations: Cash Strapped? Op-Eds

United Nations: Cash Strapped?

As on 04 Oct 2019, 65 nations had failed to pay their share in full; amounting to a shortfall in cash of US$ 1.38 billion. Does the UN’s Financial Vulnerabilities Impede its’ Operational…

A Caliphate sans Al Baghdadi Analyses & Assessments

A Caliphate sans Al Baghdadi

A triumphant U.S President announced to the world the demise of the Islamic State Group leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Does the threat of the ISIS die with him?

Lebanon- A Country Reborn Analyses & Assessments

Lebanon- A Country Reborn

Lebanon has seen a rapid decline in its economy over the last decade, and recently witnessed the largest protests since 2005 against their political leaders who have ruled for almost three decades…