international relations

Not usually at the forefront of geopolitical argy-bargy, the Pacific has recently emerged as a strategic element of securing democracy. A rift threatened to tear apart normally unshakeable regional unity in 2021, with five Micronesian countries threatening to leave the most powerful transnational group, the Pacific Islands Forum. Ahead of the July 12 – 14 meeting of the Forum, the rift seems to have been patched over. (more…)

A last-minute agreement has avoided rupture in the Pacific Islands Forum. As the agreement was negotiated, regional strengths and vulnerabilities were revealed.

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Better opportunities will arise from ASEAN and Pacific island nations banding together.

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It’s unlikely to happen, but if a large space object ever hit Earth, the outcome would be calamitous. Humanity needs to start preparing now.

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As global superpowers tussle for supremacy, smaller nations need to be nimble to avoid being crushed.

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Despite rising geopolitical tensions the evidence of a correlation between political talk and economic connections between trading nations is often overdone.

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Examining military and political alliances from the perspective of the global South leads to some uncomfortable questions about ‘good’ and ’bad’.

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With the decline of Russia, eyes are turning to China and a new cold war emerging with the USA. But this one will be different.

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With a new cold war afoot, states are being asked to choose sides. For India, self-identity and domestic politics will all come to bear.

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The war in Ukraine became a test for Indonesia’s independence and active foreign policy principles, especially given its G20 presidency.

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With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many joint space programmes have been put on hold. What is the future for international space exploration and collaboration?

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