Power is an intriguing element of foreign policy concept and practice. While countries accumulate power, that allows them to achieve national objectives by making others to do what it wants them to do, either by coercion or consent; the relative and relational nature of power always makes countries want more of it. Power is essentially, the bedrock of a country’s means to achieve ends in the international system. Power determines the structure of the global and regional order, defining and redefining polarity. There seems to be an apparent understanding that the world has, in conceptual and practical terms, entered a multipolar era. Given India’s preference for a multipolar world order, India’s interest is not preordained in a multipolar set-up and its national power will be better utilised in aligning its finite capabilities with its aspirations.
My hometown has been in the news a lot lately, and when people ask me about it, I am sometimes at a loss for words. My home is known for its free economy and its beautiful skyline. But this year, it has transformed into a battlefield. Millions of people are on the streets while the police erect metal barricades coated with pepper spray residue. This place is also my home, Hong Kong.
Australia’s Disdain becomes China’s Gain: How strategic competition threatens to re-shape the South Pacific
Are the South-Pacific Islands becoming a new center of global strategic competition? In recent years, it appears as though the traditional power balance in the South Pacific is shifting. Australia, the region’s historical leader, has entered an era of complicated relations with its Pacific neighbours, whilst China’s regional presence and influence is on the rise. Although strategic competition in the region is still understudied, even by states themselves, it is likely that strategic competition in the South Pacific will emerge as a globally significant issue in coming years.
On Oct. 7, Extinction Rebellion launched its largest action yet, titled International Rebellion. At 10 a.m., the peaceful protest kicked off in London, where the rebel group began. Throughout the day, Extinction Rebellion groups in cities across the entire world gradually followed suit.
Nearly 8 million people – that is how many people who took part in the global climate strikes from Sept. 20 to 27, 2019. Protests spanned the globe from Wellington to Alaska and from Siberia to Tierra del Fuego. This officially marks the global climate strike as one of the largest demonstrations in world history.
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