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2017 Global Diplomacy Index: Asia’s Ties to the World

December 19, 2017 | Alex Oliver and Erin Harris, Lowy

The Lowy Institute has released an updated and expanded 2017 Global Diplomacy Index, an interactive map that plots around 7000 individual embassies, consulates and other representations in over 700 cities across the globe.

Syria’s Reconstruction Scramble

December 15, 2017 | Murial Asseburg and Khaled Yacoub Oweis, SWP

This argues that the European Union should stick to its decision not to support reconstruction in Syria without political change. Despite growing calls for accommodation, the EU should stick to a plan for long-term stability, rather than quick fixes.

India’s Pursuit of United Nations Security Council Reforms

December 15, 2017 | Manish S. Dabhade, ORF

This outlines India’s relationship with the United Nations Security Council and its attempts to reform the council for a seat at the table. Learning from past failures, the only way left to push for reform is realpolitik, hard power bargaining

How the WTO Can Stand up to Nationalism

December 14, 2017 | James A. Haley, CIGI

This argues that to address the threat nationalism poses to the World Trade Organization, the organization needs to embrace multilateralism as a bulwark against nationalistic trade policies that threaten the global economy.

How Australia Can Help Avoid a Disastrous Korean War

December 13, 2017 | Hugh White, Lowy

This argues that Australia should clarify that it will not support the United States in a preemptive attack on North Korea, in line with the Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty.

As Canada Kicks Off its G7 Presidency, Here’s What to Expect

December 13, 2017 | Catherine Tsaliks, CIGI

This article provides an overview of what to expect from Canada’s G7 Presidency. Canada has pledged to focus on inclusive growth, gender equality, climate change, and security—many goals that clash with President Trump’s America First agenda.

Russia’s Interest in North Korea Crisis

December 12, 2017 | Chris Cheang, RSIS

This outlines Russia’s solution to the North Korea crisis. Russia remains firmly opposed to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but wants to solve the crisis diplomatically. Russian ministers have outlined a state-by-stage plan, focused on dialogue.

Finding a Sensible Brexit

December 12, 2017 | Robin Niblett, Chatham

This argues that while the reinverted claims for a ‘soft’ Brexit would be a good economic outcome for the UK, it is not politically viable. Rather the UK should work for a ‘sensible’ Brexit, where the UK is ensured sovereign rights and market access.