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Serbia

Serbian anti-mining activists block bridges, roads (Al Jazeera)

Skirmishes have erupted in Serbia between police and demonstrators who blocked roads and bridges to protest against new laws they say favour the interests of foreign investors damaging the environment.

The government has offered mineral resources to companies including China’s Zijin copper miner and Rio Tinto, but activists say the projects would pollute land and water.

Serbian anti-mining activists block bridges, roads | Environment News | Al Jazeera

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Ethiopia

Blinken calls for negotiations amid Ethiopia military escalation (Al Jazeera)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is greatly concerned about Ethiopia’s military escalation and called for urgent negotiations over the crisis, a US State Department spokesperson said.

The comments late on Friday came hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appeared on the front line with the national army.

Blinken calls for negotiations amid Ethiopia military escalation | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

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Ethiopia Sudan

Sudan military says several soldiers killed in Ethiopian attack (Al Jazeera)

Sudan’s military says several Sudanese soldiers were killed in an attack by Ethiopian forces in a disputed border region.

In a statement on Saturday, Sudan’s military said “our forces tasked with securing the harvest in Al-Fashaqa… were attacked by groups of Ethiopian army forces and militias, who sought to intimidate farmers and spoil the harvest season.”

Sudan military says several soldiers killed in Ethiopian attack | News | Al Jazeera

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India

Mining India’s troubled history of coal and politics (Gareth Price, Chatham House)

The Indian delegation won many plaudits in Glasgow – demanding sufficient climate finance for developing countries, updating its nationally determined contributions (NDCs) for the first time in six years, and setting its first ever net-zero target for 2070, a date with ample room to be brought forward.

Mining India’s troubled history of coal and politics | Chatham House – International Affairs Think Tank

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China Russia

The Belt Without a Road: Difficulties With the Transport Component of Russian-Chinese Cooperation in the Far East (Andrey Gubin, Valdai Discussion Club)

The Russian Far East (RFE) invariably attracts Beijing’s attention. Chinese researchers do not exclude that the PRC will be able to redirect some transcontinental transit flows through the region, including the Northern Sea Route, as well as form a sustainable resource base which would serve China’s interests in terms of security and development.  For the Celestial Empire, this is especially important in light of the aggravation of relations with Washington and the deterioration of the situation in the East and South China Seas, which is now fraught with the risk of a disruption of sea transport capabilities. Russia’s interest is associated with the establishment of the “Greater Eurasian Partnership” as a non-Western vector of integration.

The Belt Without a Road: Difficulties With the Transport Component of Russian-Chinese Cooperation in the Far East — Valdai Club

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India

A Critical Assessment of the Quad from an Indian Perspective (Amruta Karambelkar, VIF)

Few foreign policy matters generate opinions as polarising as over the Quad. The prime point of difference is over what the Quad ought to do, and whether it should be militarised or not. These concerns are fair on its own but it misses forest for the trees. The correct way to assess the Quad would be to understand its fundamental goal and, if it serves India’s interests. Unfortunately, a lot of Quad critics seem to miss assessment on these lines. There is either a wide misunderstanding about the Quad, which then fuels corresponding expectations (causing disappointment) or, downright dismissal stemming from inaccurate assessment of the context of the China challenge. For some observers, another point of criticism is the absence of a (blatant) anti-China rhetoric from the Quad meetings.

A Critical Assessment of the Quad from an Indian Perspective | Vivekananda International Foundation (vifindia.org)

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Australia India Indian Ocean Region

Maritime Security in the IOR : Counterpiracy and the India-Australia Maritime Cooperation (Anushka Saxena, VIF)

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is significant for a number of reasons. To begin with, it serves as the global hotspot for naval trade and for maintaining sea-based lines of communications. It houses chokepoints like the Bab-el Mandeb, Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal, and the Malacca and Sunda Straits, accounting for over 40% of the global oil and gas trade. On the other hand, it is home to many High-Risk Areas (HRAs) for piracy, making the regional security situation dynamic and prone to attacks from pirates. In this context, regional powers, including the United States, India and Australia, have time and time again emphasized the importance of cooperation towards counterpiracy. It forms a major part of discussions surrounding maritime security in the IOR, and consequently, the India-Australia axis has emerged crucial for the strengthening of counterpiracy operations in the region.

Maritime Security in the IOR : Counterpiracy and the India-Australia Maritime Cooperation | Vivekananda International Foundation (vifindia.org)

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China

Purges in Security Apparatus Indicate Xi Jinping Faces Resistance (Jayadeva Ranade, VIF)

The months till the 20th Party Congress scheduled for late next year are fraught with risk for China and its neighbours. It is a particularly crucial year for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is trying to secure a third term, unprecedented since Mao Zedong, at the 20th Party Congress. At the same time there are signsof enhanced political activity, albeit subterranean, which suggest that Xi Jinping’s opponents are also active, thereby raising the stakes.

Purges in Security Apparatus Indicate Xi Jinping Faces Resistance | Vivekananda International Foundation (vifindia.org)

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India

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on India’s federalism (Ramanath Jha, ORF)

No country in the world, whatever be its political architecture, went unscathed from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus engendered an unprecedented crisis requiring a response unparalleled in scale and complexity. Each country, guided by its own political character and with response examples around the world as well as technical advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), put up its defence strategy to combat the pandemic. Democratic and federalist strengths that in ordinary times stood in good stead for such countries, found these structures under great stress. Many of these national political constructs underwent a recalibration. This article specifically deals with the Indian experience of battling the pandemic and the impact this experience left on the country’s federal architecture.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on India’s federalism | ORF (orfonline.org)

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