Tag Archives: Geopolitics

Ukraine: how an armed conflict could play out

Julien Théron, Sciences Po Talks between Russia and the west have failed. Moscow has described the situation in Ukraine as “intolerable” and “a matter of life or death”. The US president, Joe Biden, has predicted the Kremlin “will move in” to Ukraine. The impasse was reached when the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, insisted that the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine …

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Belarus plane hijacking snarls Biden’s hopes to repair strained US-Russia relationship

Biden is expected to confront Russian leader Vladimir Putin (center) over his stalwart backing of Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko (left). From left to right: Sergei Ilyin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images and Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Tatsiana Kulakevich, University of South Florida The extraordinary May 23 interception of a Ryanair flight carrying Belarusian opposition journalist Raman Pratasevich and 132 other …

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Rethinking the US-China fight: Does China really threaten American power abroad?

President Biden has so far kept most of his predecessor’s tough-on-China policies. Malte Mueller via Getty Images Andrew Latham, Macalester College President Joe Biden is so far maintaining his predecessor’s tough China policy, which aims to curb China’s international power both economically and politically. In the U.S. and Europe, China is widely recognized as a rising star that threatens Western …

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WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases

Peter Gluckman and Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato The World Health Organization (WHO) has come in for its share of criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some faults are the responsibility of the WHO, others were caused by member states, which did not always act as quickly as they should have. In our opinion, the fundamental problem …

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