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Modi fine tunes ‘Act East’ policy

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2017

The self-isolationism of the US under Trump is spurring the integration of South -East Asia as well as, together with Brexit, European integration. The Trump presidency is serving as a catalyst for the emergence of a multipolar world. The big question remains: how can the USA integrate itself into the multipolar process?


Indian Punchline

15th November, 2017

Static diplomacy, like stale fish, stinks. Therefore, it is gratifying to see the delightful vagueness of the formulation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opening statement at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit at Manila on Monday, while referring obliquely to the South China Sea. PM Modi said: India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident… India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.

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Tillerson-Remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2017

This is a major foreign policy statement by Secretary of State, Tillerson. Note that there is no reference whatsoever to the UK, supposedly America’s closest ally. At its heart is a strategic partnership with China envisaged already in terms of long term strategic planning ( 50 years). In addition, detente with Russia and, specifically, cooperation against ISIS is back on the agenda. This is only logical: the US understands that the idea of creating a wedge between Russia and China, trending recently on alternative news sites, is devoid of realism. Of further significance is Tillerson’s clear disavowal of any attempt to impose US values universally placing US foreign policy unequivocally in the “realist” camp. It goes without saying that this program can only be applied subject to the overcoming of internal  opposition or, to put it bluntly, over the dead bodies of the neocon faction. The retreat from empire implies an adjustment to the power structure within the USA. This may already have happened to some extent with the shift of power away from the State Department to the Pentagon in fulfillment of the reversal of the policy outlined by Rumsfeld in 2001.

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5th May, 2017

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