• 21 April 2019

Analysis & Assessment

  • Indonesia’s electoral burdens
    World

    Indonesia’s electoral burdens

    Indonesia votes in the largest single-day elections in history amidst increasing disunity and identity-driven politics. The Republic of Indonesia is a Southeast Asian nation that occupies a strategic location between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Comprised of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia has a population of over 261 million and is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country with over 87.2% ...

 Measles incidence increases worldwide General Interest

Measles incidence increases worldwide

Measles cases increases by 300% worldwide, spurred on by anti-vaccination campaigns, supply chain issues and conflict. A vaccine is a biological concoction that provides acquired immunity to a particular disease. It does this by containing an agent that resembles .....

Google launches AI centre in Ghana Technology

Google launches AI centre in Ghana

US tech giant, Google has introduced the first Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory in Ghana to help address economic, political and environmental issues in Africa. Artificial intelligence refers to software and technology that uses data and algorithms to execute tasks that require human cognition....

Pakistan retreats from US – Taliban peace talks Geopolitics

Pakistan retreats from US – Taliban peace talks

Pakistan has withdrawn from US-Taliban scheduled peace talk but will continue to play a facilitating role. A series of civil wars in 1996 saw Kabul fall into the hands of the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged to end the country's civil war and anarchy. By 1998...

Saudi Arabia building nuclear reactor Geopolitics

Saudi Arabia building nuclear reactor

Saudi Arabia is building a small reactor in its drive to divest from hydrocarbon fuelled electricity. The move brings questions of regional nuclear proliferation to the forefront. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most powerful players in the Arab world. It is an oil-dependent nation with ....

iPhone production in India Technology

iPhone production in India

Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's largest manufacturer of iPhones intends to shift production from China to India. Apple uses manufacturers from around the world to deliver individual parts. The components manufactured by different companies all around the world are ultimately sent to just two companies to assemble into iPods, iPhones, and iPads.....

Trump announces 5G plans Technology

Trump announces 5G plans

The United States releases plans for an auction of radio spectrums to support its 5G ambitions amounting to US$20.4 billion. 5G (from "5th Generation") is the latest generation of cellular mobile communications. It succeeds the 4G (LTE/WiMax), 3G (UMTS) and 2G (GSM) systems. The unique selling point of 5G networks is its capability to ....

Deeper EU-China cooperation in the near future? General Interest

Deeper EU-China cooperation in the near future?

Given pre-summit tensions, the release of a statement and commitment to a timetable for developing a monitoring mechanism is an achievement. Concessions made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang are evidence of Beijing’s desire to keep EU on its side ahead of G20 summit in...

Russia gambles on Arctic shipping World

Russia gambles on Arctic shipping

Russia plans to invest over US$11 billion in the North Sea Route in a move that could have significant economic and strategic ramifications. The Arctic Circle is a polar region located at the northernmost part of Earth. It consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska (United States), Northern Canada (Canada), Finland ....

 US’ OPIC vs China’s BRI Geopolitics

US’ OPIC vs China’s BRI

China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative is pitted against the US’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a global race for geopolitical, economic and normative primacy. The Belt and Road initiative (BRI) is a development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving infrastructure...

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People centered intra-Afghan talks lead to convergences Geopolitics

People centered intra-Afghan talks lead to convergences

Constitution is at the intersection of the legal system, the political system and the society in the country. It is the supreme law of the land. Foundation of legal system: rights and duties are derived from it. Rule of law is based upon it. Political system in the form of institutions of governance ....

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