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Globalization Under Pressure: International Trade Suffers

October 18, 2016 | Barry Desker, RSIS

The brief discusses international trade in the face of protectionist pressures, arguing the growing protectionist sentiment has resulted in a slow-down of trade agreements such as TTP and TTIP.

The Ukrainian Crisis: Impact on Sino-Russian Relations

October 14, 2016 | Vasily Kashin, RSIS

The brief argues that Russian confrontation with the West over Ukraine gave a boost to Chinese-Russian relations. While China did take steps to support Russia in this conflict, the Chinese ability to do more remains limited.

The Alphabet Soup: GOA

October 13, 2016 | Samir Saran, ORF

The article discusses the BRICS Summit. The author argues that, with the presence of Brazil and South Africa, BRICS can help facilitate a reduced focus on bilateral disputes and geopolitical dynamics between India and China.

The United States, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: An Unfinished Symphony

October 6, 2016 |

The article argues the U.S. and Russian elimination of the Assad regime’s ability to employ chemical weapons is commendable. However, Orion argues the Obama administration needs to do more to hold the Assad regime accountable for CWC violations.

There is good as well as bad news about the state of governance in Africa

October 5, 2016 | Yarik Turianskyi, SAIIA

The article discusses the marginal progress for governance in Africa as noted by the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. The article argues that, in the African context, socioeconomic development continues to be prioritized over human development.

China’s Hegemonic Trajectory: Intimidating ASEAN?

October 4, 2016 | Mushahid Ali, RSIS

The brief argues China has interfered with ASEAN deliberations and policy agendas in its pursuit of regional domination. It concludes that ASEAN states should assert their sovereignty and demand a prioritization of equality and mutual interests.

Indian Ocean: Re-energizing Trade Integration in IORA

October 3, 2016 | Pradumna B Rana, RSIS

This brief argues that the recent inaugural Indian Ocean Conference (IOC 2016), while well-timed and successful in projecting India’s soft power, failed to come up with concrete recommendations to re-energize trade within the region.

Children of War: Multi-generational Impact of the Syrian Conflict

October 3, 2016 | Sara Mahmood, RSIS

This paper examines how children are being recruited in multiple capacities and significant numbers within the ranks of armed groups in the Syrian conflict. And the participation of children in the conflict carries an inevitable multigenerational impact.

Disaster Drones: Great Potential, Few Challenges?

October 3, 2016 | Zin Bo Htet, RSIS

This article discusses the proliferation of UAVs, highlighting its technological capability in assisting in disaster relief efforts. However, the author believes policymakers must develop a legal and regulatory framework with clear guidance in compliance.