As the West moves out, what next for Afghans?

As the West moves out, what next for Afghans?

By Paul Rogers As the Taliban rapidly expand in the shadow of US and NATO allies’ retreat, has anyone considered the impact on innocent civilians? Military leaders in the United States and Britain, as well as allied countries, now accept that they have lost their war...
Are China-US Relations deteriorating?

Are China-US Relations deteriorating?

By Steve Hoadley China and the US will not agree on many points of policy. But on one point they will tacitly agree: their ongoing strategic rivalry must be carefully managed to avoid war.    The answer to this Big Q is yes, China-US relations are deteriorating. But...
Is it time for New Zealand to leave Afghanistan?

Is it time for New Zealand to leave Afghanistan?

By Robert Patman & Ryan Webb New Zealand can take some pride from the largely positive contribution it has made in nation-building and advancing human rights in Afghanistan, says Robert Patman and Ryan Webb.  Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, few...
Is Taiwan a geopolitical flashpoint?

Is Taiwan a geopolitical flashpoint?

By Steve Hoadley It is hoped that moderation in Beijing, Washington, and Taipei will prevent the Taiwan flashpoint from igniting, says Steve Hoadley. Taiwan is more than an offshore island of China. It is also an armed flashpoint at the edge of a geopolitical frontier...
Can peace come to the Western Sahara? 🔊

Can peace come to the Western Sahara? 🔊

In November last year, a near three-decade old ceasefire in the disputed region of Western Sahara was broken, and war resumed. This territory has been a tinderbox of conflict since Spain decolonised in 1975. What are the roots of this conflict? Why has conflict...