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Australia dropped its large order for French submarines last week and instead embarked on a project with the United States. It confirms a pressing reality for Europe: it is no longer an Indo-Pacific power. It will not become an Indo-Pacific power. And if it continues to exceed its geopolitical ambitions, Europe could entirely lose its …

Why is the global left so bad at choosing its heroes? Joe Biden was supposed to be the anti-Trump, the savior of Western multilateralism; Emmanuel Macron was the poster boy for European centrism, the brilliant reformer who was to save the continent from falling into populist turmoil. Yet the two men turned out to be …

During the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the complaint by some European NATO members of insufficient consultation with the US administration may have seemed irritating. Four weeks later, the UKUS – a security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, whereby Canberra acquires American nuclear-powered submarines and cancels its agreement on submarines with …

During the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the complaint by some European NATO members of insufficient consultation with the US administration may have seemed irritating. Four weeks later, the UKUS – a security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, whereby Canberra acquires American nuclear-powered submarines and cancels its agreement on submarines with …

In the early years of Angela Merkel’s chancellery, the European People’s Party (EPP), the federation of center-right parties and Christian Democrats, was the master of Europe. Ms Merkel could look west to France, east to Poland or Hungary, south to Spain, north to Scandinavia – and see EPP politicians in power for the most part …

US President Joe Biden attends a virtual national security press conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC . Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images I also consider myself to be an anglophile; I also …

Former AMCON president and former All Progressives Congress (APC) legal adviser Muiz Banire said that a revolution “as has happened in some notable climates” or “a benevolent dictator like Rawlings” could be needed to reform Nigeria. Nigerian reform will remain a mirage, he says, until the country’s leadership recruiting process is able to produce sincere, …

By Christian Bachheimer * China’s growing influence on ASEAN affairs is increasingly reflected in international news. The dominant narrative is that China is deploying a mercantilist strategy to get ASEAN to acquiesce in matters of diplomatic importance to China, forcing ASEAN states to choose between China and the United States. But ASEAN’s merchandise trade and …

Australia’s last existential risk to sovereign freedom of action ended with the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The Charter of the United Nations of 1945 and its subsequent ramifications such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea seemed to entrench this situation. Three generations of Australians then grew up in …

File photo of Taliban forces patrolling outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 2, 2021 Reuters Imagine breaking the news to the spokesperson for the last newly formed government in the world. As he presented his foreign policy agenda, the spokesperson said, “China is our most important partner, representing a fundamental and extraordinary …