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The US may never go back to what it was. The Saudi kingdom has little semblance with even its recent past. Is the political landscape across the globe changing in indelible ways?
Global Pulse: Mohammad bin Salman is deliberately dismantling traditional governance in Saudi Arabia
From Saudi Arabia and the US to Spain and Japan, the current world mood seems to be in favour of strongmen and political crackdowns on dissenters.
America’s democracy has received another blow, even as its president insists all is okay. Russia, which is silently watching, has many questions to answer: Why were the Russians so keen on Trump to begin with? And Xi Jinping could end up looking very “unpowerful” after amassing all the power that he has. Does the world need to acknowledge that our politics simply can’t be fixed by political means? Why were the Russians so keen on Trump? The indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for money-laundering and tax fraud is, as the Financial Times argues, “enough to frighten any friend of America”. “If they are true, Donald Trump’s campaign manager from March to August 2016 -- a period encompassing his nomination by the Republican party -- was a criminal. Not a criminal in some abstract or technical sense: Mr Manafort is accused of laundering millions of dollars, evading taxes, and...
China’s strategic momentum is truly startling, and it is only a matter of time before the US draws a ‘new normal’ to define its relationship with it.
When a leader amasses unbridled power, the question arises: does it make the leader more powerful or more vulnerable.
The 19th Party Congress has brought in some sweeping changes, but important questions remain over the economic and foreign policies of China.
China just edged a step closer to one-man rule after Xi Jinping did not include a clear successor while unveiling the new line-up to the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee.
Also there's no successor in sight to Xi Jinping, and Singapore has said no new cars will be added to its streets.
Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ gave boost to its Blue Water navy ambitions and funds were made available for the expansion of the nuclear submarine programme.
President Xi Jinping has amassed power comparable to Mao Zedong in the last five years, and is set to be immortalised in the constitution.