August 15: Once-fallen Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong is set to be pardoned, the South Korean Justice Ministry announced on Friday (Aug 12), Endorsing Finland and Sweden’s bid to join NATO, US President Joe Biden signed documents signed an “instrument of ratification” on Tuesday (Aug 9), US Department of Homeland Security scraps “Remain in Mexico” policy after Supreme Court ruling last Monday (Aug 8).
August 8: The United States prepared its largest security package for Ukraine, expected to be valued at US$1 billion and finalised on Monday (Aug 8), China conducted military exercises and placed sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday (Aug 5) due to displeasure with her visit to Taiwan, At least 44 people, including 15 children were killed over a three-day bombardment on the Gaza Strip which began on Friday (Aug 5).
These days, it’s easy to feel lost in the unpredictability of global politics. Moreover, modern politics in Western democracies seem to no longer adhere to textbook ideas of political organisation. What’s behind political ideologies in recent years? What fuels the increasing divide between Left and Right? The IAS Gazette investigates how governments can address extreme polarisation and find their political centre of gravity once again.
August 1: Venezuela and Colombia jointly declares re-establishment of diplomatic ties, Ukrainian President Zelenskiy calls for more sanctions on Russia amidst their bid to cut gas supplies, Iran announces it has new ideas on restoring 2015 nuclear deal