The mighty Mekong river is a vital lifeline for Southeast Asia, a major source of trade, transport and sustenance for millions. However, the world’s twelfth longest river is emerging as an ecological and geopolitical flashpoint.
Dr Abiye Ahmed is Ethiopia’s new head of the federal government. He has already approved a motion to lift the national state of emergency and released an Ethiopian-born British resident and passport holder. But might these positive developments be precursors to tensions that could be emerging across this ethnically diverse federal state?
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.
The recent Indo-Chinese rapprochement between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is an example of a tectonic shift in great power relations. Or is it just the start of a new geopolitical chess game that prevents India from adopting a more thoughtful approach to its region?
In their own words, Pakistan’s generals lay-out the ‘Bajwa Doctrine’ – their vision for the future of US–Pakistani military cooperation in the age of President Trump. From their perspecitve, Pakistan has done more than enough to secure neighbouring Afghanistan, and is not intimidated by the threat of US funding cuts.
Overturning its policy of supplying Ukraine with strictly non-lethal military aid, the US will soon supply the Ukrainian military with much-anticipated anti-tank guided missiles. However, will this be enough to turn the tide of the war in the Donbas?
As the longest war in US history rumbles on, Moscow looks at the Afghanistan conflict with interest. Allegations of Moscow’s meddling in the country, particularly its aid to the Taliban, raise questions over Russia’s geopolitical interests in Afghanistan, with the Kremlin’s mixed strategy reflecting how it is also precariously balanced.
Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships
Peter Quentin, Associate Fellow
Justin Bronk, Research Fellow, Airpower and Technology
Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society
RUSI experts offer their initial reactions on the election of President-elect Donal Trump and what this will mean for US foreign policy, the fight against ISIS, Europe, Asia, the defence industry and...