World Politics

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A war of words: Breaking down 50 years of US-Iran relations through rhetoric and media coverage

For many, the nuclear agreement reached with Iran in 2015 seemed like a glimmer of hope. In the United States, it was a sign of easing tensions between two countries that lacked any bit of understanding for most of the last half-century. But four years later, and nearly a year and a half after President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 pact, U.S.-Iran relations are just as vitriolic as they ever were.

Forgotten Land Under The Sun: The West Papua conflict

Indonesia might not be the first country to come up when we talk about conflict. However, this great power of Southeast Asia has been involved in an ongoing conflict with one of its official regions for more than 56 years as of October 2019: West Papua. While racism towards West Papuans is endemic across Indonesia, the root of the protests lie in the region’s long-standing and violent history of political colonisation, ethnic domination, and cultural assimilation under Indonesian rule.

The Future of Indian Power in the Multipolar Era

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.

Revolution at home: Unmasking Hong Kong’s summer of discontent

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.

After the Global Climate Strikes, what’s next for the planet?

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.