Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011
Africa / Asia

The Rhetorical Resurrection of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011. Photo Source: Annaleise McDonough via Flickr Creative Commons.

Born from a postcolonial climate in which Britain sought to maintain influence in its former territories, the ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ is, for some, a continued legacy of imperialism. Yet, for an increasing number of politicians, the Commonwealth now represents …

Asia / Blog

The Plight of the Rohingya: The World’s ‘Most Persecuted Minority’

Displaced Rohingya in Rakhine state, via Wikimedia Commons.

Myanmar’s Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, yet their suffering has long been ignored in Southeast Asia.  An estimated 1.3 million Rohingya, who are mostly Muslim, live in the Northwest state of Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest areas – tens of thousands are trapped …

Asia / Blog

India-China relations: Chess or Chinese checkers?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi JinPing at the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati,India [[CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons]

Board games look deceptively simple but are notoriously hard to play. While most physical sports get over in an hour or two, board games take much longer. The winner requires patience, perseverance …

Americas / Asia

Entrapment, Commitment and the Pivot to Asia

Key to the Pivot is an enlarged US Navy presence in the Pacific, seen here exercising with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force. Photo source: United States Navy via Wikimedia Commons

In 1971 in an article entitled ‘The Big Influence of Small Allies’ for Foreign Policy, Robert Keohane outlined his concerns that the US’ smaller allies …

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons:
Asia / Blog

Justice for Malala: A Girl’s Right to Education

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons:

Malala Yusufzai was just 14 years old when in 2012 the Pakistan Taliban targeted her school bus and shot her point-blank due to her efforts to spread awareness of what girls faced in her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The region, controlled by …

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Asia / Blog

Rebuilding the Silk Route

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Afghanistan’s President, Dr Ashraf Ghani visited India on April 28, 2015. It was his maiden visit to the country, and reasserted a sense of unity between both countries, and that both countries can build a future based on their past. For his part, the …

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Britain and the AIIB: Is the US right to criticise?

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons

On the 12th March 2015 Britain announced, to the surprise of many, that it would become a founding member of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was a move that has exposed cracks in the so-called ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK, …

Asia / Blog

India’s Foreign Policy Overdrive

President Obama with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington – US Government via Flickr

It has been a year since a new government headed by Narendra Modi assumed office in New Delhi. Political pundits believe India has since done better at managing its external affairs than its internal affairs.  Foreign policy has figured prominently as a focus area …

Tributes to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Asia / Blog

Negotiating Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy: Balancing reverence with resistance?

Singaporeans queue to pay respect to Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore. Photo source: Choo Yut Shing via Flickr Creative Commons.

On 23 March, Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, died aged 91. Bus and metro systems ground to a halt in remembrance; community centres turned into 24-hour tribute hubs; …

Americas / Asia

The Emerging New World Order

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The rise of China is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, worrying and widely discussed topics in Foreign Affairs, and it will likely be the most important international relations story of the twenty-first century. Thus, in this article I will aim to give the reader a better understanding about the narrative that is out there about …