Refugees, democracy and human rights
EVEN 2021 is now behind us, there are many issues that will linger for a while, or much longer, and will certainly dominate much of the news in 2022, as well
. These are but a few of the issues.
EXASPERATED with NATO expansions and growing ambitions in the Black Sea region, Moscow has decided to challenge the US-led western alliance in an area of crucial geopolitical importance to Russia.
Ukraine’s quest for NATO membership, especially following the Crimea conflict in 2014, proved to be a red line for Russia. Starting in late 2021, the United States and its European allies began accusing Russia of amassing its forces at the Ukrainian border, suggesting that outright military invasion would soon follow. Russia denied such accusations, insisting that a military solution can be avoided if Russia’s geopolitical interests are respected.
Analysts argue that Russia is seeking to ‘coerce the west to start the new Yalta talks,’ a reference to a US, UK and Russia summit at the conclusion of World War II. If Russia achieves its objectives, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will no longer be able to exploit Russia’s fault lines throughout its western borders.
While NATO members, especially the US, want to send a strong message to Russia — and China — that the defeat in Afghanistan will not affect their global prestige or tarnish their power, Russia is confident that it has enough political, economic, military and strategic cards that would allow it to prevail
China’s unhindered rise
ANOTHER global tussle is also underway. For years, the US unleashed an open global war to curb China’s rise as a global economic power. While the 2019 ‘trade war’, instigated by the Donald Trump administration against China delivered lukewarm results, China’s ability to withstand pressure, control with mathematical precision the spread, within China, of the Covid pandemic, and continue to fuel the global economy has proved that Beijing is not easy prey
ALTHOUGH 2021 is now behind us, there are many issues that will linger for a while, or much longer, and will certainly dominate much of the news in 2022, as well. These are but a few of the...
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