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The Weekly Global Roundup: Trump’s Political And Geopolitical Challenges; An India-Pakistan Confrontation (February 25 to March 2, 2019)

As President Donald Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a joint agreement and his former longtime lawyer testified in front of a House committee, India and Pakistan engaged in one of their most dangerous confrontation since their 1971 war. In Vietnam, the meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim ended because of disagreements over international sanctions, as Mr. Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen described his former client as a “racist”, “con man”, and “cheat” before alleging Mr. Trump’s involvement in different controversies. And prompted by a suicide bombing in Kashmir – and further against the background of an upcoming election in April – the two nuclear-armed powers, India and Pakistan, had skirmishes over the air, air strikes, and downed fighter jets. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Of Elections And Elections To Come (September 25 to 30, 2017)

Political turbulence is expected in Germany, Japan, and New Zealand. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel might have secured a fourth term in power, but the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) will enter parliament as the first far-right party in more than 50 years. Still, “all roads lead to [Chancellor] Merkel”, and in the move from electoral rhetoric to the parliament, the AfD has to find parliamentarians “who can master detailed briefs inside parliamentary committees”. In New Zealand too, the winner of the country’s general election – Prime Minister Bill English (whose predecessor resigned in December last year) and his centre-right governing party – did not capture a parliamentary majority, “meaning it will have to assemble a coalition if it wants to extend its nine-year hold on power”. And in Japan, in a bid to seek “a fresh mandate to overcome ‘a national crisis’ amid rising threats from North Korea” and to shore up his government’s fluctuating approval ratings, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a snap election. Continue reading