Saudi Arabia energy infrastructure attacks – how will the US respond?

Saudi Arabia energy infrastructure attacks – how will the US respond?

The key uncertainty following the recent strike against the Khurais and Abqaiq facilities – the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and a vital spoke in the world’s energy infrastructure – is how the US and its regional partners will respond. Among the mainstream foreign policy thinkers, a consensus appears to be emerging that in order to save US leadership in the global economic and geostrategic arena something must be done to rebuild its credibility and bargaining power, but in novel ways.

China and Israel: evolving relations in the shadow of trade wars

China and Israel: evolving relations in the shadow of trade wars

From a situation of no diplomatic connections and almost non-existent economic relations only a quarter of a century ago, Chinese–Israeli trade, investment and political ties are on an upward spiral. Although global tensions, most notably the US’s objection to the supply of certain technologies to China and, more recently, the trade war between those two countries are slowing the expansion of relations, there are sound foundations for growing geoeconomic and geopolitical cooperation, based on correlating interests that serve both countries.

Vietnam is a rising export hub, despite US tariff threat

Vietnam is a rising export hub, despite US tariff threat

Vietnam will continue to emerge as a global manufacturing hub in the coming years, particularly in the electronics sector. Despite rising trade tensions with the US, structural factors including low wage costs, a large infrastructure pipeline and recently signed free-trade agreements should sustain investment in the manufacturing sector. Long-term challenges include managing growing demands for political representation and rising concerns over the environmental sustainability of the country’s growth model.