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Japan Wants to Keep India in the Quad, Aims to Enlarge the China-Containing Bloc, Says Former PM

Keeping India in the Quad is crucial, even though New Delhi has so far refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The Quad (short for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) is made ...

Russia Shores Up BRICS Support on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (photo, second from left) met with ambassadors of the BRICS countries earlier this week to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting formed part of Moscow’s campaign to characterize the Western-led sanctions against Russia as unjust. The BRICS ...

BRICS Buck the Rest of the World in Firmly Opposing Russia’s War on Ukraine

In an odd alignment of diplomatic symmetry, the four non-Russian members of the BRICS group have all refused to join the global movement to condemn Russia for its assault on neighboring Ukraine. There's no evidence that any of these countries are coordinating their response with one another ...

Phasing Down Coal in the Global South

By Rishikesh Ram Bhandary and Cecilia Han Springer Although Chinese President Xi Jinping announced last year that China will no longer build new coal-fired power plants overseas, the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center’s China’s Global Power (CGP) Database shows 60 coal ...

Wang Yi’s Recent Tour of East African and Indian Ocean States Provokes Anxiety Among Indian Analysts

India has long regarded the larger Indian Ocean region and portions of East Africa as within its traditional sphere of influence, at least in relation to China. So, it's not surprising that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's trip earlier this month to five countries in both regions ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: Because of Everything That’s Going on in the World Today, Africa Will Actually Have More Leverage at FOCAC

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...

Bhutan’s ‘Disciplined Diplomacy’ Between Two Giants

By Chris Alden and Saniya Kulkarni, LSE IDEAS To be landlocked between two regional giants whilst upholding your own autonomy is no easy feat – and the Kingdom of Bhutan is no stranger to the delicate politics surrounding the borders of ...

TRANSLATION: What Chinese Companies Can Learn From Indian Pharmaceutical Companies in Africa

With health issues, specifically the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, expected to be high on the agenda at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation leaders summit that is scheduled to take place later this year in Senegal, there's heightened interest in China over how Chinese pharmaceutical ...

India Wants to Replace China as Africa’s Preferred Construction Partner

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar visited Kenya this week as part of New Delhi's ambitions to become a major development partner to Africa. Like the G7, Jaishankar wants to challenge China's dominance in the African construction market and position Indian contractors as a competitive, more sustainable alternative. ...

The Winding Road of the COVID Crisis

One of the pandemic’s many challenges is how it outflanks our attempts to impose narratives on it. Humans are storytelling creatures – we use narrative to make sense of chaos and to prioritize threats. Each new phase of the pandemic scrambles the stories we used to make ...
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