What is the Indo-Pacific framework, who’s in it, why it matters

US President Joe Biden formally introduced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, this week during his first Asia tour, revealing Washington’s long-awaited Asia-Pacific economic strategy. It comes five years after the US unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed by 12 countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America. With the US … Read more

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Malawi is feeling the impact of the war in Ukraine, says president Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera said the rising prices of food, fuel and fertilizers – largely brought on by the war in Ukraine – is having an impact on the African economy. “We should still work together to find solutions” to end the war, … Read more

In Asia, economy and security cannot be separated

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on May 24. Saul Loeb | Afp | Getty Images TOKYO – Security deals are important, but in Asia, money talks. Australia, India, Japan and the United … Read more

In Asia, economy and security cannot be separated

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on May 24. Saul Loeb | Afp | Getty Images TOKYO – Security deals are important, but in Asia, money talks. Australia, India, Japan and the United … Read more

Why Turkey doesn’t want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

When Finland and Sweden announced their interest in joining NATO, the two Nordic states were expected to be swiftly accepted as members of the defense alliance. But joining NATO requires consensus approval from all existing members, and Turkey – one of the group’s most strategically important and militarily powerful members – is not happy. The … Read more