Britain and Australia face an uncertain strategic landscape. But there is much they can do together, as they deal with the two big powers which appear determined to change the current status quo: China and Russia.
The recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia provided Russian President Vladimir Putin with a platform to engage in a fruitful bout of ‘sport diplomacy’. Through hosting the World Cup, Putin helped to enhanced Russia’s place on the international stage, positioning himself as orchestrator of a geopolitical contest for the duration of the tournament, while a quality sporting spectacle played out...
Italy’s new government, devoted to nursing the economy back to health and reliant on far-right populist parties, may be tempted to curtail the country’s active foreign military missions. It should resist this temptation, for such missions give Italy an international profile and standing that far outweighs the costs involved.
As India’s strategic links with the US expand, New Delhi will find it difficult to shield its fruitful military relations with Russia. In theory, India does not have to face a binary choice between allies, but in practice, may increasingly be faced with precisely this predicament.