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Why is Turkey so eager to be led down the Belt and Road?

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after Erdogan spoke during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, 14 May 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Mark Schiefelbein).

Author: Nicol Brodie, ANU

Ankara and Beijing are quickly becoming friends. Between souring discourse with the European Union, differing views on Syria and accusations of human rights abuses, Turkey’s formerly strong ties with NATO (its security benefactor) and Germany (its biggest export partner) have chilled. Read more…

Escalation is not deterrence on the Korean Peninsula

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge, south of the DMZ, in Paju, South Korea, 24 August 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji).

Author: Nicol Brodie, ANU

The United States and the DPRK have been trading diplomatic blows over Pyongyang’s ongoing missile testing and its contentious nuclear program. The Trump administration has called for a fast-tracked installation of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) — a controversial missile defence system based in the ROK. Read more…