UN Doha Conference on Afghanistan Fails to Achieve Key Goals
By Freshta Jalalzai
The Taliban’s refusal to participate – and those invited to represent Afghanistan from other groups – sparked much debate among Afghans.
Germany Becomes First EU Country to Forge Strategic Partnership With Mongolia
By Bolor Lkhaajav
The new strategic partnership is carrying Germany-Mongolia relations beyond the traditional framework of cooperation into mutual support on the international stage.
China Should Be Wary of the Trap of History
By Nicholas Ross Smith and Tracey Fallon
China has long leaned into historical narratives in policymaking. Now Chinese officials are increasingly resorting to emphasizing the negative histories of their adversaries.
Winning the China-US Narrative Competition in Southeast Asia
By Prashanth Parameswaran
Washington needs to invest more in telling its story to win the regional battle for hearts and minds.
In Gaza and the Middle East, India’s Risk Appetite Has Increased
By Mohamed Zeeshan
It has been reported that the Israeli army is set to induct Indian-made drones into its surveillance and aerial bombing fleet.
Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Enduring Legacy in Foreign Affairs
By Hamzah Ben Ahmad
Malaysia's first prime minister fell short of realizing his domestic vision, the impacts of his diplomacy are still being felt today.
The Prospects for Taiwan-EU Cooperation
By Francis Shin
Taiwan’s President-elect Lai Ching-te wants to bolster economic and security cooperation with the EU. Will Europe be able to meet Taiwan halfway?
A Month After Taiwan’s Election, Cross-Strait Tensions Continue to Simmer
By Brian Hioe
From sending balloons over Taiwan to forcing a scheduled sports competition to relocate, China has been upping the pressure.
What’s Behind Qatar’s Decision to Release 8 Indian Nationals Convicted of Espionage?
By Seamus Duffy
India has been seeking their release since August 2022. Did the timing relate to India’s shift away from a pro-Israel stance?
A Murdered Ambassador, a Closed Embassy: The Tragic History of US Diplomacy in Afghanistan
By Freshta Jalalzai
As the U.S. debates the fate of its embassy in Kabul, it's worth remembering the broader context of Afghanistan-U.S. diplomatic relations – including the murder of Ambassador Dubs in 1979.
The China-Built Addis-Djibouti Railway Gains Steam
By Istvan Tarrosy and Zoltan Voros
A new approach to utilizing the potential of the two-country railway line has already been producing several of the desired results. A people-centered turn is yet to come.
How to De-Risk From China: Lessons From Italy
By Nicola Casarini
Italy’s de-risking has been a gradual, and often winding, process of reducing critical dependencies on China. But is it permanent?