Is India shifting the goalposts in Indo-Pacific debate?

By Swaran Singh India’s participation in the ongoing Indo-Pacific debate and its decision to join the revived Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the US, Japan, India and Australia) have raised concerns in the corridors of power in Moscow, Beijing and other capitals. Even Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) member states view the two back-to-back “Quad” meetings last … Continue reading Is India shifting the goalposts in Indo-Pacific debate?

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S Korea unveils plan for N Korean economic enrichment

Ideas for the North's development and regional integration, while ripe with promise, face obstacles and remain dependent on the US and denuclearization By Andrew Salmon South Korea presented its master plan for North Korean economic cooperation to the public last week, laying forth a roadmap not only for economic development north of the Demilitarized Zone, … Continue reading S Korea unveils plan for N Korean economic enrichment

China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot

By Jonathon Ludwig China, as a responsible major country, is ready to cooperate with all relevant parties to seize the historic opportunity in the development of the Arctic, to addresses the challenges brought by the changes in the region” –Chinese White Paper January 25, 2018. China’s January 25th unveiling of the “Polar Silk Road” has created a wonderful … Continue reading China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

Iranian academic spells out Iran's position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border By Pepe Escobar A crucial question has been consuming policymakers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: Does the … Continue reading The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance By Pepe Escobar The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development … Continue reading How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order