[Bahauddin Foizee] Despite his attempts to reduce Chinese influence during the initial stage of his tenure, Sirisena had later realized that China has already established so deep influence in his country that he had little power to change this reality.
[John Bruton] Republic of Ireland needs experienced people in office to navigate the challenges of 2020, which could be the most consequential year for the century. It wouldn't be in Ireland’s interest to entrust the 2020-Brexit-negotiations to well intentioned, but inexperienced, amateurs.
[John Bruton] Ireland can and must learn from the work of other EU members and, on a case by case basis, take part in joint initiatives in areas like cyber security, threat intelligence, maritime surveillance, drone surveillance, etc.
[Syafruddin Arsyad] Iranian regime has now become detached from the young Iranians as well as from its support bases in Lebanon and Iraq.
[Bahauddin Foizee] While coastal areas of countries like Bangladesh, India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka would disappear gradually, other small island nations like Micronesia and the Maldives would be submerged under water almost completely, turning millions of inhabitants living in these countries into climate refugees.
[John Bruton] Can a chaotic "Crash Out" Brexit in December 2020 be avoided?
[John Bruton] The EU’s strategic weight in the world will be reduced by the absence of the UK, as the EU is losing a relatively young, diverse and creative member state.
[John Bruton] A 'Northern Ireland only' backstop would not protect Republic of Ireland's trade with Britain which is more valuable than trade across the border with Northern Ireland.
[Yead Mirza] USA's growing desperation to end the Afghan war – driven by the understanding of 'costs versus benefits' of the longdrawn conflict – would bring about a positive result for achieving peace in not-so-distant future.
[Ellington Ngandu] China’s increasing unfair economic domination on African economy, market and products as well as Chinese cultural hegemony have the potential to undermine African identify, sovereignty and development in long-term.