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President Donald Trump may have removed his mask, but the uncertainty posed by his positive COVID-19 test continues. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Allies and foes watch as Trump fights the coronavirus

What might be the global geopolitical significance of Trump's positive COVID-19 test?
The Security Council meets at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss the situation in Syria in 2019. On this issue, as with many others, the Council’s paralysis had tragic consequences. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The UN Security Council isn’t working. Will it ever be completely reformed?

Canada's recent failure to gain a seat on the UN Security Council indicates the country still has work to do but also highlights the need to reform the powerful body.
Universitas Gadjah Mada (above) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has joined the ranks of the world’s top 300 universities in the 2021 QS World Rankings. (Shutterstock)

Why countries should leverage universities as a new force in global diplomacy

Higher education institutions have started challenging the role of states as the dominant force in attracting foreign investment – particularly in terms of human talents and technological resources.
Motorists are stopped at the large-scale social restrictions monitoring post (PSBB) on the border road in Bekasi City, West Java, for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to detect COVID-19 infections. Kuncoro Widyo Rumpoko/Pacific Press/Sipa USA

Indonesia to allow 500 Chinese workers to enter the country amid COVID-19 pandemic: why it is a bad move

The decision is further proof that the government still prioritises the economy over its own people's well-being during this pandemic.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace in central London on March 7, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/AFP

The impact of Brexit on relations between the UK and Gulf countries

To ensure its energy security and influence in the Gulf region, the United Kingdom will likely deepen its relations with GCC nations in a post-Brexit world.

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