Whether they target Chinese vessels directly or not, attacks on Red Sea shipping by Houthi rebels threaten to undermine China’s economic recovery. But, viewed through the lens of its rivalry with the US, the current turmoil in the Middle East is not bad news for China.
Given the island’s role in the US–China rivalry – which can be understood as a contest between democracy and autocracy – the recent presidential and legislative elections may turn out to be a kind of bellwether. In any case, believers in democratic principles worldwide have reason to celebrate.
Ensuring that the UK is ready to cope with national challenges requires increased resourcing and a commitment to the right level of governance, based on a clear strategy that can be implemented across the whole of society.
The impending demise of Myanmar’s military junta illustrates that autocracies can be brittle and that democratic transitions can be resumed. But even though resistance forces will likely overthrow the regime, they will require meaningful support from regional powers to reconstitute a viable pluralistic state.
It is hard to see anything good coming from the current spasm of violence between Israel and Hamas. But this tragedy, which has forced both Israelis and Palestinians to stare into the abyss, might prove to be a turning point that will clear the path for a lasting peace.
The latest Gaza war presents the US and governments across the Middle East with an opportunity to end Hamas and Iran’s cynical project of creating chaos. But first, Israel must be stopped from expelling the Palestinians from Gaza, as that would radicalise and destabilise the entire region.
The passing of the US’s preeminent foreign-policy thinker and practitioner marks the end of an era. Throughout his long and extraordinarily influential career, Henry Kissinger built a legacy that Americans would be wise to heed in this new era of great-power politics and global disarray.
Ukraine’s recent long-range strikes against the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol and its ships triggered discussions about the related operational impact. Much less attention has been paid to the important strategic implications of Ukraine’s successful military activities in the Black Sea.