Global Outlook

Curated expert opinion on intractable contemporary issues

The Unholy Alliance of Orientalism, Ethnocentrism, Misogynism, and Terrorism, Part II: Five False Narratives of Orientalist Taliban Apologists

By Bashir Mobasher  |  20 July, 2023

A new set of Orientalist narratives are deliberately romanticising the Taliban as the natural rulers of Afghanistan. This is a dangerous and flawed strategy emerging in at least five false narratives about the Afghan society and the Taliban.

Riding the Heatwave: India’s Sweltering Exposure to Climate Change

By Robert Mizo  |  13 July, 2023

The end of June brought monsoon rains to North India as it always does. The rains were a welcome respite from the scorching heat the region reeled under since March. The heat waves that swept through North India in 2023 attest to the fact that India is witnessing and enduring the impacts of climate change.

The Search for a Political Solution to the Ukraine War

By Shyam Saran  |  11 July, 2023

The Ukraine war is not between Russia and Ukraine but between Russia and NATO led by the US. Russia’s declared objective of its “special military operation” is preventing the future expansion of NATO closer to its borders. If this proposition is correct, then one cannot avoid the conclusion that Russia has so far not gained any of its objectives in this war.

The Wagner Coup: Strategic Setback or Military Deception?

By Ramesh Thakur  |  07 July, 2023

The Wagner coup equation doesn’t compute. It just doesn’t add up. Herbert Wulf gave us a concise summary of the surreal 24 hours that gripped the world. But there are missing pieces of the puzzle that we haven’t been given.

Their Business is Military Force: The Wagner Festival is Cancelled

By Herbert Wulf  |  28 June, 2023

In less than 24 hours, the march on Moscow of the Wagner troops led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of this military company, was over. It remains to be seen whether this attack has permanently weakened Vladimir Putin's authority and power.

Northeast Asia Prospects after the G7: High Winds, Choppy Waters and Even Dangerous Storms

By Hugh Miall  |  20 June, 2023

Tensions remain high in Northeast Asia following the G7 summit, which asserted the principles of the US-led order rather than seeking to accommodate the conflicting interests and orders in the region.

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