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Category: International Relations and Policy

  • Notes from Nauru: Tracing the Economic Collapse of the Island Nation

    Notes from Nauru: Tracing the Economic Collapse of the Island Nation

    Starting with the inflationary impacts of the expansionary fiscal and monetary policy followed by the war in Ukraine, 2022 could be largely summarised into four words: war, recession, inflation, and energy crisis. And as we enter another year of uncertainty, fears – particularly those of a slowing global economy – seem unavoidable. As policymakers use their economic toolkit to cushion the economy, this article looks at Nauru—a country that did exactly what everybody is trying to avoid now.

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  • Unchained Sun: Japan’s New National Security Strategy

    Unchained Sun: Japan’s New National Security Strategy

    Japan’s new National Security Strategy has taken its military spending to unprecedented levels. This marks a drastic departure from historical precedent, and has major implications for Indo Pacific security. This article will examine the historical development of the Japanese Self Defence Forces and the diplomatic and military measures outlined in the new NSS.

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  • The Narratives of Intellectual Property Rights in Developing a Wholesome Economy

    The Narratives of Intellectual Property Rights in Developing a Wholesome Economy

    IPR refers to the legal rights granted to the inventor or creator to safeguard his innovation or creativity for a specified length of time. These legal rights grant the inventor/creator or his assignee the exclusive right to fully employ his invention/creation for a specified length of time. heir economic returns are contingent upon the expenses of their creation, their attraction to potential users, the structure of the marketplaces in which they are sold, and the legal rights that allow their owners to govern their usage.

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  • Sports and Soft Power: Qatar Diplomacy in light of Football World Cup

    Sports and Soft Power: Qatar Diplomacy in light of Football World Cup

    Countries have used sports to assert dominance and mark their presence for centuries. This article explores the role of football in improving or deteriorating diplomatic relations between nations and how Qatar used the FIFA world cup to become more relevant and assert its soft power, and how impactful is sports diplomacy.

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  • Brace for Impact: Europe’s Upcoming Recession

    Brace for Impact: Europe’s Upcoming Recession

    Europe is heading for a recession. With sky-high energy prices, a surging dollar, and China’s slowdown, most economists have now begun to discuss the severity of the recession and what it would entail. On that front, this article takes a hypothetical trajectory and predicts three possible scenarios that might pan out for Europe in the coming years: a) a severe recession, b) a cataclysmic recession and lastly, c) a relatively mild recession. It further takes a hypothetical path and explores how each of these scenarios will unfold and the likelihood of them occurring.

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  • The IRGC Strikes Back: Iranian Involvement in the Ukraine War

    The IRGC Strikes Back: Iranian Involvement in the Ukraine War

    Iran is one of Russia’s principal foreign allies in the ongoing Ukrainian war. By supplying weapons to Russia, Iran has to an extent reversed the traditional client-patron relationship between Western and Middle-Eastern states and opened a new frontier in its proxy conflict with the United States. This article examines the background of the Russia-Iran alliance, the different forms of Iranian military aid to Russia, and the larger geopolitical implications of Iran’s stance.

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  • The Relevance of Central Bank Digital Currencies in Geopolitics

    The Relevance of Central Bank Digital Currencies in Geopolitics

    Abstract Putin’s war in Ukraine has disrupted numerous supply chains and worsened the global economy. The geopolitical tensions have triggered a race among nations to launch an unusual innovation that may have the potential to disrupt the global financial system: central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). This column explores the geopolitical role of central bank digital currencies, with a focus on China’s e-CNY.

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  • Whither the Left?

    Whither the Left?

    In an era where the discourse around a global rightward tilt of democracies is done to death, the Left has made some admirable comebacks from South America to Western Europe. Yet the South Asian left has been conspicuously absent when it comes to any sign of a revival on a political front. The absence is felt more deeply in times of economic distress, social rupture and climate catastrophe. Why is leftist politics, with a rich legacy stretching back to colonial times, devoid of a substantive presence in this region? It is a long story and an interesting one at that. To our benefit, it plays out in five acts. Whether it ends in tears of joy or sorrow is yet to be seen.

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  • The Bloodiest War: Tragedy in the Tigray

    The Bloodiest War: Tragedy in the Tigray

    Abstract  The conflict in Tigray constitutes the single largest humanitarian crisis currently raging.  The outcome of the conflict will determine the future of Ethiopia, and the Horn of Africa at large, since Ethiopia is the largest country in the region. A unilateral government triumph will decimate the civilian population of Tigray, while a successful Tigrayan secession will throw the geopolitical status quo into chaos. This article analyses the origins of the conflict,  the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis, and the involvement of foreign powers in the war.

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  • Understanding the Belt and Road Initiative under the realm of Maritime Security

    Understanding the Belt and Road Initiative under the realm of Maritime Security

    Ever since the Global Financial crisis (2008), China has made repeated forays into utilising economic means to define maritime security. Initially, this came around through stray efforts at naval modernisation to defend and enhance Chinese connectivity abroad until President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road initiative. Since then the subsequent benefits and pitfalls of this initiative have prompted western policymakers to assess China’s global ambitions through the dual lens of investment and infrastructure. In this sense, the BRI has been sure to set alarm bells in the west over a possible Chinese economic hegemony in the developed world prompting them to rush forth with initiatives of their own such as Build Back Better. Accordingly, this paper seeks to analyse how throughout the years, China has used economic forays to define maritime security for itself up until the creation of the Maritime Silk Road – a strategic sea route of economically significant ports. 

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  • Uncle Sam Plays His F-16 Card Once Again

    Uncle Sam Plays His F-16 Card Once Again

    In a move that was earlier blocked, the Biden Administration approved a $450 million upgrade to Pakistan’s existing fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft. In the aftermath of Trump’s decision to stop selling new F-16s to Pakistan, the deal has raised questions about the possibility of a renewal of the US-Pak relationship and what it means for India. This article explores the history of F-16 in the Pakistani Air Force and discusses how the deal is a result of geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region.

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  • Reviewing the Rise of India as a Global Soft Power

    Reviewing the Rise of India as a Global Soft Power

    India is witnessing phenomenal economic growth while its political aspirations are on a greater level. The administration is attempting to extend its global influence by utilising soft power resources and instruments. Using its rich culture and returning to its traditions, India is rediscovering this art. References to religious pluralism and democratisation are an additional effective governmental weapon. This article seeks to comprehend the magnitude of India’s cultural involvement and assess its efforts to present its culture to the world as fascinating.

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