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Japan and Africa: Development Aid or Equal Partners?

Japan and Africa: Development Aid or Equal Partners?

17/11/2020 China’s investment in Africa has become a quite well-known phenomenon over the past few years, especially as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Yet, it should not be forgotten that Japan has also been playing a significant role on the African stage. After the Cold War, European investment in African countries had

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ASEAN-ROK Relations and NSP 2.0: A Bright Future Ahead?

ASEAN-ROK Relations and NSP 2.0: A Bright Future Ahead?

November 2020   Under the broad banner of the New Southern Policy (NSP), ASEAN and its member states are accorded unprecedented prominence and priority in South Korea’s foreign policy. The NSP has allowed for an expansion in scope and depth of ASEAN-ROK relations and, under the three pillars of peace, prosperity, and people, meaningful steps

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Czech Republic-China relations: An Eventful Decade

Czech Republic-China relations: An Eventful Decade

  10/11/2020 Relations between the Czech Republic and China continue to persevere despite a turbulent decade in their bilateral relationship. Since 2013, the Czech Republic, under the leadership of President Miloš Zeman, had originally sought close economic and thus political ties to China. However, Zeman underestimated the deep polarisation evident in the Czech political culture

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Risk Diversification: Germany Joins the Indo-Pacific Policy Arena

Risk Diversification: Germany Joins the Indo-Pacific Policy Arena

  10/11/2020 Following suit after France’s security strategy in the Indo-Pacific region, Germany is the second country in the EU to present its official vision on the region. On 1 September 2020, the German Federal Foreign Office unveiled its 70-page policy guidelines on the Indo-Pacific region, aiming at constructing multifaceted multilateral partnerships. The Indo-Pacific, to

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Requiem for a River: The Troubled Waters of the Mekong

Requiem for a River: The Troubled Waters of the Mekong

10/11/2020 As Southeast Asia’s longest river, the Mekong embodies both the region’s heart and lifeblood. Despite offering countless benefits to its population for thousands of years, the river is now increasingly facing a plethora of challenges – particularly in relation to hydropower development – which are putting its very existence in jeopardy. In a strategic

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The Myanmar 2020 Election – A Way Out or a Democratic Disillusionment?

The Myanmar 2020 Election – A Way Out or a Democratic Disillusionment?

  30/10/2020 On 8 November 2020, general elections will be held in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. For the second time since the 2011 democratic transition, citizens will be asked to cast their vote. Despite observers and academics entrusting the National League for Democracy (NLD) victory, the nascent democratic system will surely be

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An “Indo-Pacific” Outlook for the European Union

An “Indo-Pacific” Outlook for the European Union

30/10/2020 The Indo-Pacific Region (IPR) has been deemed as the most relevant geopolitical theatre of the 21st century where the future of the international order will be decided. The persisting bipolar competition in the area, exemplified by the India-China discord and the U.S.-China confrontation, has been overshadowing the existing regional constructs implemented to enhance economic

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