16 July 2017   Leave a comment

In a classic balance of power move, Vietnam has asked India for its assistance in the struggle with China over control of the South China Sea.  Both countries have concerns about the growing power of China in Southeast Asia, and India is a well-established naval power.  But the formal request indicates a ratcheting up of the alliances designed to counter Chinese power.  The move also reflects a growing concerns among states in Southeast Asia that the US is not willing to provide sufficient counterweight to the Chinese sovereign claims in the South China Sea.

Pressure is growing to remove Brazilian President Michel Temer on charges of corruption and general dissatisfaction with the overall state of the Brazilian economy.  Temer’s popularity is in the single digits as his austerity measures designed to restore economic growth have had a depressing effect on the economic lives of many citizens.  The movement comes on top of the recent conviction of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on corruption charges.  Brazil is a critical component of the global economy, and the political uncertainty in the country is seriously compromising its ability to restore economic dynamism.

The Syrian civil war has been ongoing since 2011 and there really is no sign of the violence tapering off any time soon.  Indeed, there does not appear to be any framework for a resolution that would satisfy the disparate groups in the country.  Increasingly, analysts have begun to think about redrawing the territorial boundaries of the state since the boundaries drawn in the early 20th century carry no meaning for the different groups in the state.  The borders were drawn by the British and the French in accordance with their national interests.  If only the borders had been drawn in accordance with the interests of the people who lived there, the history of the region might have been quite different.  Imperialism never dies.

 

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Posted July 16, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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