Ankara has blocked the bids of Finland and Sweden to join NATO, to the dismay of Western capitals who see the enlargement as strengthening the alliance after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With all sides seeing key principles at stake, the impasse is unlikely to end soon.
Two subjects will likely preoccupy the G7 heads of state when they meet starting 26 June: the war in Ukraine and the related spikes in commodity prices worldwide. The leaders need to show that they will address the economic woes as well as other crises.
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As their strategic rivalry grows, China and the U.S. are increasingly operating in close proximity in the Asia Pacific. An accident or misinterpreted signal could set off a wider confrontation. The danger level is low, but dialogue is needed to dial it down further.
The tensions between these two countries [DRC and Rwanda] could destabilise a region that’s already facing political instability.
We are in a situation where for the first time . . . Iran has the ability to break out, have capacity to produce enough fissile material for a [nuclear] weapon, undetected.
Kenya is one of the few countries [in Africa] where you go into an election without knowing who is going to win.
The stark reality is that the UN Human Rights officials are always working in the shadow of power.
The perception is that the West and particularly France has devoted a large amount of resources to the [Sahel] region but the situation has become worse.
China has gotten a lot more involved in the politics of Sri Lanka and in backing the government in a much more public way.
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