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    From Trump to Europe crises, what to watch in 2018

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 29/12/2017

    » Professional forecasters like to say that making predictions is difficult, particularly about the future. As we reach the end of 2017, however, here are some of the key themes -- and questions -- that look set to shape global events next year.

  • OPINION

    Calm down, America. Attacks won't break Britain

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 08/06/2017

    » When I rolled my wheelchair out of my apartment block on Sunday morning -- mere hours after three attackers killed seven a few hundred yards away in London Bridge and Borough Market -- the most striking thing was the sense of calm.

  • OPINION

    Washington pulling back from the world

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 04/04/2016

    » For many in the US, the attacks on Brussels must have felt like more of the same. Once again, militants struck, the systems designed to stop them failed and all the blood and treasure of 15 years of "war on terror" appear more wasted than ever.

  • OPINION

    Who has the lead in the AI race?

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 17/01/2019

    » In October, 31 Chinese teenagers reported to the Beijing Institute of Technology, one of the country's premier military research establishments. Selected from more than 5,000 applicants, Chinese authorities hope they will design a new generation of artificial intelligent weapons systems that could range from microscopic robots to computer worms, submarines, drones and tanks.

  • OPINION

    How far is China prepared to go over Taiwan?

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 09/01/2019

    » In the first week of 2019, as China grabbed headlines for landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a New Year's Day editorial in the nation's official military newspaper told its readers that "war preparations" should be a top priority for the year. The following day, President Xi Jinping offered a forceful reminder of what Beijing considers its most likely focus of conflict to be: Taiwan.

  • OPINION

    Can US-China relations be saved?

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 21/11/2018

    » At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting on Saturday afternoon, Chinese diplomats arrived unexpectedly at the Foreign Ministry of host Papua New Guinea. Angry at Papua New Guinea's support for American wording in the meeting's final communiqué, they only left after police were called, Australian and other media reported.

  • OPINION

    Brexit process approaches roller-coaster endgame

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 04/10/2018

    » If Britain genuinely wanted a good last-minute Brexit deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt should probably not have compared the European Union to the USSR.

  • OPINION

    The messy meaning of the Manafort and Cohen cases

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 24/08/2018

    » The mixed verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, along with the guilty plea on campaign finance violations by the US president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is a sign of just how messy -- and perhaps inconclusive -- Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will be. But Tuesday's events also point to broader destabilisation in US politics.

  • OPINION

    Taliban flexes muscles as long war enters new phase

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 17/08/2018

    » On the streets of the city of Ghazni this week, Afghan troops and Taliban fighters battled for the future of Afghanistan.

  • OPINION

    China's plans to reshape the world

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 10/08/2018

    » Ten years ago on Wednesday, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics showcased a fast-growing, economically powerful China with unmistakable ambitions to be a major global player. Just a few days ago, the Chinese authorities demolished the studio of artist Ai Weiwei, designer of the Games' iconic "bird's nest" stadium and now an exiled dissident in Germany.

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