David Kang Professor in International relations at the University of Southern California observes that, “Asian international relations has historically been hierarchic, more peaceful and more stable than that of the west”. Today in the 21st century the international system is witnessing the resurgence of a prolific and active China. This has sparked a debate in the international relations and security community over the future of the international and regional system as China continues in its economic and military ascendance.
On 13th August 2020, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed stable and peaceful relations through the Abraham Accord. The agreement was administered by America, as stated by American President Donald Trump at a press briefing, “I hosted a very special call with two friends, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, where they agreed to finalize a historical peace agreement”. In summary, the agreement entails normalization of full diplomatic relations between the two nations, the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, and the cooperation on “areas including tourism, education, healthcare, trade and security”. But what does the agreement mean for the escalation of the Palestinian regional conflict?
Dara Calleary resigns as Minister for Agriculture
When General Franco died at the age of eighty-two in 1975 the Spanish monarchy was restored. Its new King Juan Carlos would play a critical role in the transition to democracy after Franco’s death. More recently the former monarch has faced several controversies ranging from elephant hunting in Botswana to financial scandles. Monarchs know the importance of public relations, one only needs to look across the Atlantic at the effect the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had in renewing the public interest in the centuries old institution of the British Monarchy. In early August, the former Spanish King left Spain in what many have called a self-exile. It is yet to be seen will this latest development help improve the Spanish monarchy’s relationship with the public or has it cast doubt across its estate.
The Israeli Arab conflict has existed mostly in the backdrop in the second half of the 20th and 21st century. There have been many attempts of peace in the region including the Camp David Accords, lead by US president Jimmy Carter which lead to the end of the Yom Kippur war. Tensions between Arab nations and the US backed Israel, has held a semi-permanent place in headlines for the last 50 years. Last week it emerged that President Donald Trump had brokered a new diplomatic relationship between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
As the clock ticks down to the release of calculated grades for the Leaving Certificate, results across the pond have ratcheted up the pressure. The recent shambles involving the allocation of predicted grades in Scotland and England have shown a massive flaw in the use of the system that poses serious questions for how things will pan out in Ireland.