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Israel hits Lebanon with airstrikes in response to rocket attacks | Source: The Hill

Israel launched an airstrike on a Lebanese rocket launch site that the Israeli military says was a response to rockets fired towards the country from Lebanese territory. The move shows the escalation of tension between the two countries.

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Armenia close to new agreement with Azerbaijan | SOURCE: EURASIA NET

Acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan at a May 20 government meeting. (photo: primeminister.am)

Armenia is set to sign an agreement with Azerbaijan that could address many of the current disputes between the two sides. The news of a draft agreement came amid one of the tensest periods in post-war Armenia, as an Azerbaijani incursion into a border region in southern Armenia raised fears that fighting could resume again.

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US calls for ceasefire, resolution of Tigray conflict | SOURCE: THE EAST AFRICAN

US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman meets with Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam al-Sadeq al-Mahdi in Khartoum on May 7, 2021.

The US expressed concern over increasing political tension and ethnic polarisation throughout the country and said that it is committed to end what it said was a brutal conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which has been ongoing for six months.

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Israel-Gaza fighting enters its second week | SOURCE: RAW STORY

Israel-Gaza fighting enters its second week with no end in sight. Militants launched rockets at the southern Israeli cities of Beersheba and Ashkelon, while Israeli planes launched dozens of air strikes.

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Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ‘encroaching’ on its territory | SOURCE: EURONEWS

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan delivers an address, in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, April 25, 2021. 

Armenian leader Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijani troops of crossing into the country in a new escalation of tensions months after a deadly eruption of violence over Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Fight between Israel and Hamas militants intensifies | SOURCE: DW


Israeli forces and Palestinian militants have stepped up their attacks in the worst fighting seen in years. The United Nations is warning about the risk of full-scale war.

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Hamas and Israel Exchange Fire as Jerusalem Unrest Ignites Gaza | SOURCE: VOA NEWS

A Palestinian man gestures as he inspects a damaged building following an Israeli air strike, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City, May 11, 2021.

Barrages of rockets by Palestinian militants from Gaza land into Jerusalem, amid of another round of air strikes by Israeli military forces. Violence follows weeks of mounting tensions and confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the city, sparked in part by Israeli plans to carry out evictions of Palestinian families in a neighborhood of east Jerusalem.   

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INDIA-CHINA VACCINE DIPLOMACY:

  • India and China -that have disengaged frontline troops from their borders, putting an end to tensions in the region- have shifted their rivalries to a different field – seeking political influence through vaccine diplomacy. Since India produces 60% of global vaccines, it is trying to match China to use it as a diplomatic tool to expand influence in the neighborhood and beyond. The COVID-19 vaccine has emerged as an important form of diplomatic currency globally for the nations to showcase their soft power gains.

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  • CHINA/JAPAN: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi flew to Japan for talks amid regional tensions (China claims the Japanese-controlled islands, which it calls Diaoyu, and routinely sends its warships to the surrounding waters). The visit comes after China signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with 14 other economies, including Japan and South Korea, which are close allies of the US in the region.

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GGN GEOPOLITICAL REPORT/ October 2020

PERSPECTIVES AND TENDENCIES


  • The situation in Asia Pacific remained volatile and uncertain amid “aggressive actions” between China and the United States. China tracked a US Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert.
  • Growing rivalry between United States and China for influence in South Asia continued. The paradigmatic case was Sri Lanka, which was warned by the United States against its tightening ties with China. (Sri Lanka is ratcheting up its relationship with China with multibillion-dollar BRI construction projects).
  • Actions to contain China’s expansion in the Indo-Pacific region continued: 1) India signed with United States a new defense agreement. 2) Japan and Vietnam have agreed to sign a defense deal. 3) The U.S. approved $1.8 billion in new arms for Taiwan. 4) U.S. persuaded Indonesia to align itself more closely to the US-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.
  • Tensions diminished between China and India related to violent Himalayan border clashes. Senior Indian and Chinese military commanders were hold fresh talks aimed at ending a months-long standoff along their disputed border in Ladakh region.
  • In the South Caucasus, the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh resumed, despite ceasefire intended to end heavy fighting over the mountain enclave.
  • The “changing dynamic” continued in the Middle East when, underpinned by the United States, Sudan normalise ties with Israel, shortly after Bahrain and UAE did.
  • The viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to fade, after Israel announced plans to construct new housing in the West Bank and in Judea and Samaria. UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain condemned Israel’s decision.
  • In Europe two key countries for both the West and Russia have seen their situation getting worse: Belarus and Ukraine. EU leaders broke a diplomatic deadlock and imposed sanctions on Belarus, while massive marches continue to protest against the President Lukashenko. Ukraine was affected by the worsening situation in Donbas.
  • Turkey provoked a new crisis in Eastern Mediterranean, with its plans to extend its illegal occupation in part of Cyprus. It is given short after tensions erupted between Greece and Turkey over the eastern Mediterranean’s energy rights.
  • The conflict between United States and allies and Russia related to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline escalate, after first ones implemented sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline, in a fresh attempt to prevent the Russia-led gas pipeline project from completing, as the pipeline could potentially deprive U.S. and its allies of billions of dollars.
  • In Africa, U.S made new attempts to push back Russian and Chinese influence in the continent. Among others, the United States tried to increase cooperation with Egypt to control some of the main joints in the eastern region of Libya, where oil is abundant, and where Russia would be approaching.

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