Central Asia countries (CAC) are located in a competitive neighbourhood and have had to become adept at realpolitik since the disintegration of the Soviet Union. CAC have been compelled to leverage their respective ties with China to counterbalance Russia as well as develop linkages with the Western power centres to balance against both local hegemons, Russia, and China. This has attracted the attention and interest of Middle Powers as well.
India has faced a host of social, economic and ultimately political challenges amid farmers’ protests and a COVID crisis.
Elon Musk withdrew his support for Bitcoin, leading to a crash in the price of the asset.
How does this relate to the US-China trade war? And is Musk really in trouble, or is he “hedging his bets”?
On 1 February, Myanmar’s military enacted a coup against the ruling NLD party, detaining former State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. The military’s removal of the elected government has showcased Myanmar’s democracy crisis.
Oil and natural gas are undergoing an important crisis, as they are running out worldwide. In this context, powers like Russia and China have chosen to detach from the reliance on Middle Eastern oil, and have been seeking to create their own regional independence to the point companies such as Gazprom and Sinopec have overtaken US and European former leaders like ExxonMobil and Shell. What does this imply for oil security in Northeast Asia? And how are these countries coping with sustainability and oil consumption?
Brexit has inevitably revolutionized the position of the UK in geopolitics, and the latter has had to start over agreements with the whole world. Finding itself in such a globalised environment that demands deals to be secured rapidly, it is inevitable the UK has been wanting to prioritise agreements that would bring win-win benefits for its growth as an individual power. These, including the deal with Japan, will take time to perfection.