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  • How did China Become the World’s Second Economic Power?

    China has become the world’s second economic power in four decades, to the astonishment of many observers and thanks mainly to four factors. The first is Deng Xiaoping’s opening-up-to-the-world policies and the 1979 Equity Joint Venture Law. Together they have allowed (among other things) foreign capital and Western companies to enter China, transforming the domestic economic landscape entirely from one that is traditional and obsolete to one that is dynamic and modern. ...
  • BRICS Innovations Lay Fertile Grounds for a Dynamic Enterprising Future

    On an optimistic note one can say confidently that  BRICS as “Rising Powers” acknowledged the importance of creating timely innovations in a hot pursuit dynamic movement approach geared to provide essential solutions for critical “crises situations”. In this article I will concentrate on three (Brazil, Russia and China) with due consideration of others. According to the well-known economist Joseph Schumpeter “carrying out innovations is the only function which is ...
  • Jair Bolsonaro: the Brazilian Trump-Duterte mashup

    Next October, Brazilians will be casting their votes for president. Jair Bolsonaro is one of the main candidates in the dispute, second on all polls and behind only former President Lula – who is currently in jail. For those with little or no idea of who he is or stands for, one simplified way would be: imagine if presidents Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte inhabited the same mind. Jair Bolsonaro’s current political visibility belongs to the same zeitgeist in which ...
  • China vs. the West: An Analysis of the Current Geoeconomic Tug Of War 

    The Dragon is awakening, and the world is trembling The Dragon woke up making the whole world tremble. Nothing shakes China, not even the 2008 financial crisis during which its model was seen as an alternative model savior. China continues to display insolent growth and impudent arrogance. China’s success challenges and fuels many curiosities. Indeed, here is a Confucian state, which is not formally a Western liberal democracy, officially communist, that has become the ...
  • Approaching the 10th BRICS Summit: Leveraging the Trump ‘Trade War’ into New Initiatives?  

    As the 10th official summit of the BRICS approaches in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 25-27 there is much to be impressed by. Long gone is the image of the BRICS as the creation of Jim O’Neill and Godman Sachs back in 2001. Instead of a volatile phenomenon, dependent on rates of economic growth, the BRICS has sustained its shape as a club with a significant diplomatic personality. Indeed the fact that at the the 2011 Sanya summit, South Africa joined the club along ...
  • ASEAN: Is it a Successful Sustainable Model for Other Key Actors?

    When ASEAN came into official existence in 1967 a pessimistic environment has surrounded its establishment. Bilahari Kausikan a prominent Singaporean diplomat described its unconducive vulnerable regional setting in the following terms: Consider the situation in 1967. All five ASEAN countries faced Chinese- inspired, if not directly-backed, internal Communist insurgencies…At the same time, almost every member of the five original ASEAN members were at the other’s throat. ...
  • Sino-Russia Relations in the Era of Great Power Politics

    President Putin made an official state visit to China to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional economic and security organization that includes China and Russia along with other South and Central Asian countries. Its head of states meeting took place in the coastal city of Qingdao. Before the summit, Putin had bilateral meetings with the Chinese leadership in Beijing, including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. ...
  • A Resurgent Russia and A Rising UAE in the Gulf

    During a working visit to Russia in last week, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, concluded a Declaration of Strategic Partnership with his host, Russian president Vladimir Putin. The elevation in bilateral ties aims to strengthen cooperation in various dimensions, including oil market stability and combatting terrorism. Given that this declaration is a first for Russia in the Gulf, it implies that the United Arab Emirates has become ...
  • Trump’s Abrogation of JCPOA: Prospects of Rising Powers’ Surge in the Middle East

    It is expected that Trump’s unilateral abrogation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) will increase the influential role of Rising Powers’ surge in Middle Eastern politics. At least such a moment of reckoning meant a happy day for Russia and China emboldened as they should in their efforts to gain futuristic lucrative strategic deals with Iran on similar fashion to selected EU companies “win-win” relationship with Tehran. Thus, in July 2017 the French ...
  • A Newly Coined Phrase: “Sharp Power” and Reasons for Attributing it to China

    The new definitions of power as a term of international relations appeared in the 21th century. While the West feels uneasy about the rise of China, in the last quarter of 2017 Western academia added a new term to define China besides “soft power” and “hard power” and began to call the country as “sharp power”. Unlike hard power, soft power and smart power, sharp power is called a term that helps the authoritarian regimes (such as China and Russia) to strengthen their ...