Saturday the 30th of October 2021 marked the start of the G20 Summit in Rome. Key issues on the agenda included climate change, global tax, vaccines, and tariffs —all complex and decisive questions that the Groupe des Vingt had to negotiate on a tight deadline. Let us take a look at the G20 Rome Leaders' … Continue reading Main Agreements Reached at The G20 in Rome Point by Point
The popularity of names comes and goes. Some stand the test of time and remain firm favourites, while, as tastes and influences change, many are confined to a few generations. Celebrities, royals, sports stars, religious figures, and the rest often provide sparks of creativity for the greater population in naming their children. Commonly gestures of … Continue reading There’s Something about Karen
The high-profile visit of the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris to Southeast Asia came to an end. Harris concluded her trip to Singapore and Vietnam with what seemed empty promises and left the international audience somehow bewildered regarding the U.S. administration’s foreign policy for Southeast Asia. Security and defense have traditionally been the main objectives … Continue reading Why Biden’s New Southeast Asia Foreign Policy is Easier Said Than Done?
It is not very difficult to see how the Democrats of today more and more closely resemble the Republicans of yesterday.
As part of my graduate studies, I recently had to read Dr. Walter McDougall’s 1997 book Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776. McDougall outlines eight US traditions of diplomacy and foreign policy, which he identified in the process of reviewing previous conceptions of these and the primary source they … Continue reading Promised Land, Crusader State: The Eight Traditions of US Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
In an effort to counter China and its strong military navy technology, the United States, Australia and the UK announced their new joint AUKUS agreement. This partnership will allow Australia to equip itself with stealthy, long-range nuclear-powered submarines in order to stand strong against China’s growing military capacity. It is evident that an acceleration of … Continue reading Chinese and American Arms Race Intensifies
President Biden won the 2020 Presidential elections with a campaign strategy that promised a more compassionate foreign affairs policy. His decision to remove all American troops from Afghanistan’s territory, leaving the country completely vulnerable to Taliban intervention, gave a very different impression. The humanitarian catastrophe currently unfolding in Afghanistan suggest that Biden’s concern was directly … Continue reading Biden’s Foreign Policy and his Afghanistan Decision
The world seems to be confronting the same news articles that surfaced around 20 years ago. “USA enters the Middle East” “Is the US military pulling out of the Middle East?” The newsstands, internet, and entire world seemed to become consumed by the political affairs between the US and the Middle East. Today, more than … Continue reading Biometrics Beware: an Advancement in Modern Warfare
This is part one of a mini-series attempting to grapple with US grand strategy and the potential need for its re-assessment. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to grand strategy, ideally prompting more to grapple with US grand strategy and grand strategy more broadly. The author is fleshing out their own ideas, … Continue reading Reassessing US Grand Strategy – Part 1: The Current State of US Grand Strategy
The US women's gymnastics team will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic competition on Sunday July 25th. Their athletes are expected to bring the gold medal home, yet the USA gymnastics federation faces the lowest public and internal support it has had in decades. This follows the September 2016 revelations that the same gymnasts who … Continue reading USA Gymnasts to Compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Amidst Lingering Abuse Controversies