Current Affairs World November 2016

A New Way of Looking at China By Gordon G. Chang

“I continue to believe that a constructive US-China relationship benefits our two peoples and benefits the entire globe,” said President Obama before beginning his meeting with Xi Jinping in Lima on Saturday. “And the structure and framework of cooperation, the frequent meetings and consultations that we’ve established I think have been extremely productive.”

Read more November 28

Get Ready for the Most Violent Détente Ever By Ivan Krastev, Stephen Holmes

Tump and Putin want to reset U.S.-Russian relations on the basis of a shared worldview. But that might just increase the chances of a conflict.

Read more November 28

Is US Trying to Defeat IS Too Quickly? By Taylor Luck

THE US may prove to have been too rushed in its efforts to strike at the heart of the so-called Islamic State (IS), analysts and experts say.

Read more November 22

America Faces A Painful Political Journey Ahead – Analysis By Harold A. Gould

The unexpected, indeed the inconceivable, has happened: Donald Trump, the womanizing side-show barker with a flair for mass-media showmanship will be the 45th President of the United States commencing in January 2017.

Read more November 21

Trump’s Syria Strategy Would Be a Disaster By Charles Lister

late last week, President-elect Donald Trump explained for the first time since his election victory his position on the crisis in Syria.

Read more November 18

The Trump Presidency | Editorial

The dust is beginning to settle in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump as the next American President, with a shape to his administration and its task-priorities emerging.

Read more November 16

Analysis: Engaging With The New America By Sherry Rehman

Donald Trump’s spectacular re-drawing of the electoral map of America on 11/9 has spawned more questions than answers for American global leadership in an increasingly uncertain world.

Read more November 12

Is a Trump Presidency Really a Big Win for Putin? By Reid Standish

From the baroque halls of the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on his recent victory in the U.S. presidential election on Wednesday.

Read more November 11

Iran Once Again Exceeds A Nuclear Deal Limit

Iran has exceeded a soft limit on sensitive material set under its nuclear deal with major powers, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump – who has strongly criticised the agreement – won the US presidential election.

Read more November 10

American Democracy Is Dying, and This Election Isn’t Enough to Fix It By Daron Acemoglu

U.S prosperity and stability over the last two centuries has been built on the country’s unique brand of inclusive institutions. The United States has laws that protect private property, encourage innovation, and facilitate the functioning of the market while preventing it from being monopolized by a few.

Read more November 9

Why Brexit Has Never Loved Donald Trump Back By Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer

Given all the strange sights the 2016 presidential race has produced, a British politician taking the stage in Jackson, Mississippi to whoops and cheers may not rank among the weirdest.

Read more November 8

Climate Change: Need A New Financial System By Jason Hickel

When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our economic system. If we don’t keep the global economy growing by at least 3% per year, it plunges into crisis.

Read more November 8

China and Russia: Gaming the West By Mathieu Duchâtel & François Godement

In September 2016, Russia held joint naval manoeuvres in the South China Sea with China, bringing some of its best ships to the party. Two weeks later, China shied away from joining Russia in a veto of yet another Western resolution on Syria at the UN.

Read more November 7

Iraq After ISIS By Vera Mironova and Mohammed Hussein

The campaign to liberate Mosul from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS)has raised questions about what Iraq will look like once ISIS is defeated. The expulsion of the militants from Iraq will probably neither decrease the number of armed groups in the country nor limit the potential for violence there.

Read more November 6

Will America’s Good Name Survive the 2016 Election? By Stephen M. Walt

Asuming, Hillary Clinton is elected president next week, the collective sigh of relief heard ’round the world could well be deafening.

Read more November 6

Russia Seeks ‘Honest Cooperation in Syria’

Russia seeks “honest cooperation” for a political solution in Syria — “the sooner the better”, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday as Moscow declared a brief truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

Read more November 3

America’s Russia Policy Has Failed By Thomas Graham & Matthew Rojansky

By any number of measures, Washington’s Russia policy has failed. While ostensibly suffering from diplomatic and economic isolation under a U.S.-led international sanctions regime, Moscow has succeeded in challenging a wide range of American interests, most notably in Ukraine, Syria, and cyberspace.

Read more November 2

Towards a Multi-Polar World! By Khalid Saleem

THE Times of London highlighted a story the other day about France and Germany having ‘drawn up a timetable’ to create a ‘common military force that would rival NATO in army capability’.

Read more November 1
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