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The Return Of The Pirates

The surge in pirate activity in Somalia’s waters has been perplexing, not least since it contradicts popular expert opinion, which posits that sea-piracy is in a state of terminal decline in the Gulf of Aden. With NATO, the European Union, India, China and Japan still maintaining an active security presence in the region, regularly deploying warships to escort merchant traffic, maritime observers feel pirates have neither motivation nor incentive to carry out fresh attacks.

Read Here – Observer Research Foundation

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The One Belt One Road Action Plan

Rex Tillerson Spells Out U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered perhaps the most comprehensive roadmap of U.S. foreign policy, addressing the nation’s involvement with East Asia, Russia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere.

Read Here – The Atlantic

China’s Evolving Economic Statecraft

Chinese enterprises are going global, venturing overseas to acquire foreign companies, know-how, and technologies. While most of these activities reflect simple business decisions, others carefully and deliberately advance China’s strategic interests, perhaps against the interests of its trading partners.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Morocco: China’s Gateway To Africa?

Other countries such as Mauritius and South Africa have been hailed as China’s gateway to Africa, but few countries have positioned themselves aggressively for the position in the way that Morocco has. Last year, the government of Morocco hosted the first Sino-African Entrepreneurs Summit in Marrakech, where Morocco later hosted the COP22 summit. Similar forums are planned in the future.

Read Here – The Diplomat

How Obama’s Foreign Policy ‘Long Game’ Works

The core elements of Obama’s Long Game are not the doctrine pundits clamour for, but they do comprise a kind of checklist, a practical framework to managing American power and making strategic choices, ensuring the United States remains in the best possible position to solve problems and pursue its interests. When thinking about Obama’s legacy and the lessons for his successors, the Long Game checklist is a good place to start.

Read Here – The National Interest

Here’s How Far The Indian Prime Minister Has Travelled Since 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Maputo, Mozambique on July 07, 2016.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Maputo, Mozambique on July 07, 2016.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a four-nation tour of the African continent on July 7. His first stop was Mozambique capital Maputo. Today, he is in South Africa where he held talks with South African President Jacob Zuma on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in the African continent, particularly in the economic sphere.

Read Here – The Indian Express

China’s High-Speed Rail Diplomacy

Today, China dominates the railway market, particularly for high-speed rail systems, which the Chinese are busily exporting to East Asia, Europe, and even the United States. China began to invest heavily in high-speed rail in 2007, seeking to create jobs and to improve the mobility of people and goods in its rapidly growing economy.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

The World’s Most Prolific Terrorists: The Taliban

Unsurprisingly, terrorism remains the preferred tactic of relatively weaker non-state actors who believe they can achieve their political objectives through violence. There has been a slight change in the perpetrators responsible for the most attacks. The Taliban replaced the self-proclaimed Islamic State as the number-one global perpetrator for terrorism attacks, with 1,093, which represents an alarming increase of 69 percent since 2013.

Read Here – The Atlantic

U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism

How Should War-Torn Countries Go About the Reconciliation Process?

Following a war—especially the kind of war that pits neighbor against neighbor—it would seem like the best thing for members of both sides to do is to sit down and hash their problems out—say “sorry,” offer forgiveness, maybe have a big bonfire.

Read Here – Pacific Standard

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