Deepanshu Kabdola offers a comprehensive analysis of Indo-China trade and its multifaceted manifestation and implication.
Professor Mark n Katz argues that Russia has diverse interests in the Mediterranean basin and these interests require strategic choices which are not always complimentary. Using combinations of opportunism, prioritisation and flexibility, Russia has pursued contradictory aims as best it can with reasonable results.
The recent bombings in Jakarta have prompted Muhammad Ahmedullah to reminisce about his time in the Indonesian capital. They have also provoked him to discuss why Islam is different to other religions, why disparate groups can emerge and why some of the current methods to curb the power and appeal of ISIS are ineffective.
Associate Professor Halim Rane, who was named as the best university teacher in Australia in 2015 was in Istanbul with a group of Australian students at the time of recent terrorist attack. He argues that despite the recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul, life goes on for average Turks much as it did before. Although more attacks by ISIS and its supporters are possible, even likely, these attacks do not easily imprint themselves on the Turkish national psyche, or interfere greatly with daily life.
Simon Leitch argues that despite the dire warnings about increasing Saudi-Iranian tensions, the most recent inter-faith stoush between the Gulf powers is unlikely to boil over for a simple reason – both states are already doing as much as they reasonably can to undermine each other, and neither one has incentives to engage in open war.
Simon Leitch argues that given the propensity for NATO or American-led airpower to make an appearance in Middle Eastern civil wars, Russian intervention in Syria could have been expected at some point. Yet, amazingly, Western politicians, media and the military leadership appear to have been surprised by the brazenness of Russian moves and have taken to the whole thing rather poorly.
Dealing with Daesh requires either a concerted attempt at containment or a direct attack on the military and civic control infrastructure of the group. Morally speaking, the problem with either of these strategies is that they will result in considerable suffering for the people under Daesh’s control.