‘The Others’ Alliances

Lithuania against China

Ideology Over Economics: The Case Of Lithuania

Nowadays, political dogma trampling economic pragmatism drives European government action as shown by the imposition of Green Party ideology on Germany’s energy policy risking the deindustrialization of Europe’s leading economy. Another case is the conflict started by the Lithuanian government against China, illustrated by the Baltic country’s decision last year […]

Modi with Putin

India’s Gaffe At Samarkand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Samarkand on September 16 after the SCO Summit turned into a media scandal. The Western media zeroed in on six words culled out of context in the PM’s opening remarks — “today’s era is not of war” — to […]

SCO summit

The Significance Of The SCO’s Samarkand Summit

Observers have plenty to be optimistic about ahead of this week’s major multipolar event. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will hold its next summit in the ancient Uzbek city of Samarkand from 15-16 September, which will see the personal attendance of all the group’s leaders. This includes Chinese President Xi […]

Putin EEF

Turning To The East

Russia is the land of the rising sun, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 5 during a meeting with activists of the environmental forum in Kamchatka. On the same day, the Russian government decided to withdraw from agreements with Japan on the procedure of mutual visits and facilitated visits […]

Yamal-LNG

100 Years Of Russian Gas For India

India is taking baby steps toward green energy. Two of India’s biggest business houses are spearheading it — Adani and Ambani groups. India has made several ambitious commitments at the Glasgow climate summit and two key pledges were that India’s non-fossil energy capacity will reach 500 GW by 2030 and […]

Blinken arrives in Johannesburg

U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa Is Condescending

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled his country’s “Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” on August 8 while touring the continent. Parts of it should be like offering to help countries recover from the pandemic and strengthen their food security in principle, but others are nothing but condescending demands that’ll destabilize […]

Putin met Erdogan

Russia-Turkey Reset Eases Regional Tensions

The 4-hour meeting on Friday at Sochi between President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Erdogan promises to be a defining moment in regional politics. The single biggest takeaway from the Sochi meet is, of course, the “win-win” economic partnership between Russia and Turkey that helps Russia, on the one hand, to […]

Salman and Biden

Why The Gulf States’ SCO Membership Is S Big Deal

Washington has backtracked from the dissimulation by the US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan that  Washington had intelligence suggesting Iran was preparing to provide Russia with “several hundred” drones to use in Ukraine, with training sessions set to begin in July. On July 26, NSC spokesman John Kirby, clarified his boss’ remark […]

Myanmar

Moscow Prioritises Ties With Myanmar

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Myanmar on August 3 shows that the relationship is assuming a strategic character. The Foreign Ministry in a press release on August 2 highlighted that the relationship is “one of the priorities of foreign policy in the Asia–Pacific region, an important factor in ensuring […]