Unprecedented students’ demonstrations and sit-ins in the business district of Hong Kong present China with a great dilemma because they strike at the roots of the unparalleled 30-year rise of the nation.
Despite the show of Arab nations’ support in expanding the military strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, there is a sense of international foreboding over President Barack Obama’s gamble. Many shrewd observers believe that the United States is re-entering dangerous territory and is involving itself in another unwinnable war in a region that has proved its graveyard.
The loud signal coming from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India is that his country will work on two parallel trajectories, economic and political, and the two will diverge and sometimes converge.
While Russia and Europe are on collision course over Ukraine, there is playacting on all sides. This is a prelude to the most serious East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. But beyond the tough postures being adopted by both sides lies the future of Russia as a power of substance in Europe and the world.
Peace is at the best of times a tenuous proposition in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even as the world hopes the new indefinite ceasefire that has brought 50 days of bloodshed to an end will last, the real causes of the conflict have been put to the side, rather than resolved.
It is widely acknowledged that relations between the West and Russia have never been as bad as they are since the end of the Cold War. The reason, of course, is Ukraine, but beyond it lie the implied conflicting interests of the two sides.