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Prospects of US–German Relations under Trump

March 15, 2017

In respect of trade and commerce, some uncertainties are looming over both US-German relations and US-EU relations.

Between Hope and Despair: Trump and the Future of the United Nations

February 10, 2017

Guterres has to forcefully convey to the new US administration that the US-UN relationship is a two-way street, where both parties need each other to safeguard their respective interests.

President Trump and the Mexican Border Wall

February 03, 2017

The reaction to President Trump’s utterances and avowed policies on the Mexican border wall and tariff has attracted strong criticism. It is surprising that Trump, who is known to view developments and decide on policies in transactional terms, appears short-sighted and unwilling to view the implications of his policies in a long-term perspective.

Japan’s Trump Dilemma

December 20, 2016
Japan’s Trump Dilemma

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, Japan is weighing the geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the new economic and security policies that his administration may adopt.

US Security Strategy of Asian Rebalance: India’s Role and Concerns

January 2017

China’s aggressive rise and strained relations with its Asia-Pacific neighbours—a region with immense economic and strategic potential—have forced the US to forge a strategy of Asian rebalance. Besides making China suspicious, this strategy has aroused the possibility of a new cold war. In contrast, though India’s relations with China have improved considerably since the 1962 War, the unresolved border issue and the threatening Chinese attitude do not allow India to trust China.

Trump’s Energy Plan – More Volatility for Oil Geopolitics

December 05, 2016

Although President-elect Trump has declared his intention to deregulate the fossil fuel sector in order to make America less energy import dependent, but over time, this will lead to an increase in supplies in an already over-supplied oil (and gas) market and send prices into a further downward spiral.

Triumphant Trump and American Foreign Policy

November 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements during the campaign have led to alarm and concerns among America’s strongest allies.

Obama in Hiroshima: Betwixt spoken and the unspoken

May 30, 2016
Obama in Hiroshima: Betwixt spoken and the unspoken

His words might fall short of assuaging all but his visit to Hiroshima is a testimony of Obama being a leader of substance.

US Power and Influence in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Decline of ‘Alliance Mutuality’

May 2016

Recently, the nature of the presence of the US in the Asia-Pacific has undergone significant changes. At least three developments—the rise of an economically and militarily resurgent China, a renewed counter-strategic approach by the US to rebalance its engagements with its close regional allies like Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Australia, and the US’ efforts to expand and extend strategic cooperation with India and Vietnam—show that there are new emerging differences between the US and its four major non-NATO allies in the Asia-Pacific.

US-Cuba Relations: From Breakdown to Breakthrough

August 07, 2015

The Obama administration has acknowledged that their policy on Cuba has been the most outdated one, considering it has been more than two decades since the Cold War got over. The biggest knot in their relationship has been untied, but that doesn’t spare the leaders from confronting some age-old pinpricks.

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