Vietnamese naval soldiers stand as they patrol at Truong Sa Dong island in the Spratly archipelago. Photo: REUTERS

The thorny issue of the South China Sea between Japan, China and Vietnam

Commentary:  The sovereignty of the South China Sea islands has become a serious issue that challenges China-Japan and China-Vietnam relations. The confrontation is not limited to a specific strategy in the field of maritime economy, but to a mutual development strategy that embodies the will of the coastal countries confronted with their own future

Photo: imago images/Alexander Limbach via Reuters Connect

Is it finally time for hydrogen?

Commentary:  The idea of producing "green" hydrogen using renewable energies is gaining increased traction worldwide. The practically inexhaustible source of renewable energy can potentially replace all current non-renewable energy sources

U.S. troops head out on a mission in Afghanistan in January 2019. Photo: 1st Lt. Verniccia Ford/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS

Afghanistan: the US and NATO withdrawal and future prospects 

Commentary: The White House has stated that the threat of extremist organizations is spreading globally and therefore it is meaningless to concentrate forces in Afghanistan. However, the White House also stated that after the withdrawal, diplomatic and counter-terrorism mechanisms will be reorganized in Afghanistan to face security challenges 

Palestinian protesters run as Israeli police fire water canon containing a foul smelling substance amid ongoing tension ahead of an upcoming court hearing in an Israel-Palestinian land-ownership dispute in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Commentary: Hamas creating new equation in conflict with Israel, and concern over two-front outburst grows  

"If the aggression in Sheikh Jarrah does not stop, the enemy will pay dearly," the head of the Hamas military wing said in a recent statement. It means Hamas is threatening to respond militarily from the Gaza Strip to occurrences in Jerusalem, writes Dr. Michael Milshtein, a Palestinian affairs expert and senior analyst at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 

A NASA DC-8 flying laboratory passes Antarctica's tallest peak, Mount Vinson, during a flight over the continent. Photo: REUTERS/NASA/Michael Studinger/Handout

Is Antarctica the new Eldorado? The sixth continent between claims and international law 

Commentary: There have been numerous disputes over the southern polar region. Dozens of countries have an interest in Antarctica due to territorial claims, research projects or a desire to develop the territory's resources

Russian airborne troops board a transport plane during drills in Taganrog, Russia on April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

The crisis between Russia and Ukraine

Commentary:  The Ukrainian government said that the gathering of Russian troops in its border areas poses a severe threat to national security. Conversely, the Russian side believes that it is precisely because the military forces of NATO countries and other parties are becoming more active in areas close to the Russian border that Russia has been forced to remain vigilant, ensuring stability and security on its border 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel and the United Arab Emirates' deal to normalise ties, in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank September 3, 2020. Alaa Badarneh/Pool via REUTERS

Abbas already likely to be biggest loser of Palestinian elections, if they are held

Commentary: The Palestinian Authority has paid a heavy price for bitter internal struggles, including damage to its image at home and abroad, demonstrating the difference between the PA and Hamas. However, if the elections are cancelled, a “Palestinian Spring” should not be expected, writes Dr. Michael Milshtein, Head of the Palestinian Studies Forum at Tel Aviv University

The Chinese city of Shenzhen as seen in June 2020. Photo: Oriental Image via Reuters 

China, biomarine energy and its players

Commentary:  There is great potential for collaboration between Europe and China in the generation of green energy from hydrogen and the seas
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