Op-ed

Japanese Politics After Suga: Who is Fumio Kishida?

Who is Fumio Kishida, the new leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party succeeding Yoshihide Suga after his stepping down as Prime Minister? Standing for the 31 October 2021 general elections we look ahead and assess who he is and what he represents within the party and for the country.

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What Prospects for Afghanistan’s Future Development?

Thanks to an uninterrupted presence of Chinese investors in Afghanistan, favored by China’s more welcomed non-interference policy, there seems to be room for a stronger role of Beijing in Afghanistan’s state re-building process. While the Taliban is seeking help from the international community as a whole, and in spite of the fact that the EU is going to disburse a significant amount of money in the form of aid, it is uncertain whether the conditional approach endorsed by the EU will grant it a possible central role in the future of Afghanistan’s development.

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RCEP’s Impact on Workers: are there any winners? Assessing the labour and economic implications of the mega-regional deal

Last September Cambodia became the fifth country to ratify RCEP, the biggest trade agreement signed to date. This mega-deal has been met with some skepticism, particularly from unions in Asia, concerned for RCEP’s lack of labour provisions. Meanwhile, through the Indo-Pacific strategy, the EU has compromised at engaging with RCEP signatories and reinforce a rules-based international order.

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The Quad Leaders’ Summit: Where Does the EU Indo-Pacific Strategy Fit?

As the EU is asserting itself as an Indo-Pacific player by working with existing multilateral groupings, it maintains a degree of strategic ambiguity, especially regarding China. While this ambiguous stance may limit cooperation with the Quad on traditional security issues, the Quad and the EU hold the potential to jointly deliver on several, cross-domain transnational issues.

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G7 Summit 2021: Can multilateralism get us out of the crises?

The 47th G7 Summit was held in Cornwall (UK) from 11-13 June 2021. After a year of unprecedented uncertainty and tragedy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, G7 leaders met to discuss joint actions to fight the spread of the pandemic collectively, stop climate change and help economies recover. They pledged to make 2021 the year of multilateralism’s renaissance.

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