After 6 months of continuous fighting, the Russia-Ukraine war shows no signs of ending. Aamina Ikram notes that despite Russia commanding the world’s second-largest military, Ukraine has been able to fight back – thanks to the West’s endless support. The war has already taken the lives of more than 5,000 people, and has struck a huge blow to the global economy. The world is also wary of a nuclear catastrophe emanating from Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which is currently occupied by Russian forces.
Taiwan has always been a flashpoint between Beijing and Washington, but Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan – despite harsh warnings – has infuriated China. A wave of trade sanctions & military operations has the island concerned about an earlier reunification. Aamina Ikram believes that US guaranteeing the ‘security’ of Taiwan is fanning a security dilemma in the Indo-Pacific region.
Iraq’s political unrest has been years in the making. The consensus-based political system imposed on Iraq as a result of the 2003 American invasion has brought corruption and inefficiency to the state’s governance. Aamina Ikram notes that in the face of the rising instability, Muqtada-al-Sadr presents a ray of hope for most Iraqis, with his claims of establishing a majoritarian government for Iraq. However, since Iraq has been unable to form a new government even after 10 months post elections, the supporters of al-Sadr stormed the Iraqi Parliament & breached the Green Zone in protest.