Duncan Bartlett

Christmas Peace Deal to End the Brexit “War”?

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Britain’s services industry might not agree with the early declarations of victory that followed the new Brexit deal.

UK Sounds Alarm over New COVID-19 Variant

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A new COVID-19 variant in the UK is ushering in a new – and potentially longer – wave of lockdowns across Europe.

Will China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Gamble Pay Off?

Flu shots sit on a table ready to be dispersed in the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2020. The table was disinfected and masks were worn to ensure proper adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf), modified, public domain, https://www.goodfellow.af.mil/Newsroom/Article-Display/Article/2441503/covid-19-vaccine-update/

In China, a COVID-19 vaccine is as much a matter of public diplomacy as it is public health.

Muslim Backlash Takes Toll on France-Pakistan Relations

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It’s not only France-Turkey relations that are reeling from President Macron’s Islam spat.

Pompeo-Modi Meeting Latest Example of India’s Pivot toward Washington

Prime Minister Modi and Secretary of State Pompeo meet in 2019, cc Prime Minister's Office, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=modi%20pompeo&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search#/media/File:Pompeo_meets_with_PM_Modi_in_New_Delhi_(2).jpg

Narendra Modi and Mike Pompeo seem to believe it’s time to end the outdated concept of a non-aligned India and bring the country firmly into the US fold.

Rise of the Quad in the Indo-Pacific?

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia rallying support for the Quad, with mixed results.

Japan: New Leader, Old Geopolitics

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Japan’s new leader can expect to face ongoing hostility in East Asia and a warm welcome from India.

A Precarious Peace Descends over Kashmir

Pro-separatist graffitti in Srinagar, cc watchsmart, modified, Flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

But peace cannot be imposed by force forever.

Hong Kong Security Law Ringing Alarm Bells in UK, Canada, and Australia

Hong Kong protests in 2019; cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In rhetoric, and increasingly in the realm of defense spending as well, Western countries are preparing for a more adversarial relationship with China.

Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine Intensifies

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Various teams are sprinting toward the finish line of a working vaccine, and to the winner could go the geopolitical spoils.

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