Global Outlook

Curated expert opinion on intractable contemporary issues

Back to the Future with the Taliban?

By Amin Saikal  |  20 September, 2021

The defeat of the United States and its allies and return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan have changed the regional landscape. The configuration of forces has shifted in favour of Pakistan as the Taliban’s patron and China as a strategic partner of Pakistan, confronting India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Central Asian Republics and the main power behind them, Russia, with certain policy quandaries. Yet not all is lost, as both Islamabad and Beijing may find that Afghanistan is a very difficult country to govern and sustain.

Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarines Will Risk Opening a Pandora’s Box of Proliferation

By Tariq Rauf  |  19 September, 2021

After first suffering a seeming “brain snap” to acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) some years back; at long last Australia has been promised a fleet of eight SSNs by the Biden administration under the newly minted and awkwardly named AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) alliance against China.

ANZUS at 70: How Does New Zealand View the Treaty Today?

By Kennedy Graham  |  18 September, 2021

With ANZUS having turned 70, how does New Zealand view the Treaty today? In political opinion, virtually not at all; in terms of its legal, strategic and cultural context, the answer is more complex and nuanced.

Real Lesson Korea Should Take Away from Fall of Kabul

By Chung-in Moon  |  15 September, 2021

In order to not repeat the errors of Afghanistan, South Korea must reconsider the role the US military plays on the peninsula.

What is the Point of Peace Research?

By Roger Mac Ginty  |  13 September, 2021

Peace as a research topic and as a practice has never received as much attention and funding. University classes on peace and related topics are in rude health. There is a constant stream of academic and policy papers on peace, and there is now a very substantial international cadre of ‘peace professionals’ working for international organisations and international non-governmental organisations. In short, it is a good time to be in the peace business.

Time is Ripe to Reduce Global Military Spending

By Michael Brzoska  |  11 September, 2021

Time is ripe for initiatives to reduce global military spending. Global military expenditures are at record levels. The current pandemic is a stark reminder of the financial resources needed to prevent and meet future crises.

The views and opinions expressed in Global Outlook are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Toda Peace Institute.