Sameed Basha

Sameed Basha

Sameed Basha is a defence and political analyst with a master’s degree in international relations from Deakin University, Australia. He specialises in Asia-Pacific regional dynamics and conflict & security studies.

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Opinion | Ukraine war: Europe turning back fleeing Russians only plays into Putin’s hands

Treating all Russians as part of Putin’s ambitions and applying collective punishment is a mistake by the West that could easily backfire. Russians fighting to conserve the values of democracy and freedom deserve the West’s support instead of its ire.

Treating all Russians as part of Putin’s ambitions and applying collective punishment is a mistake by the West that could easily backfire. Russians fighting to conserve the values of democracy and freedom deserve the West’s support instead of its ire.

6 Oct 2022 - 1:00AM
Opinion | How the US can reset ties with Pacific Island nations drifting towards China

Pacific Island countries lack basic infrastructure, and whatever they have developed is threatened by rising sea levels due to climate change. China, by offering investments rather than aid, is only filling the vacuum left by the US and its regional allies.

Pacific Island countries lack basic infrastructure, and whatever they have developed is threatened by rising sea levels due to climate change. China, by offering investments rather than aid, is only filling the vacuum left by the US and its regional allies.

22 Sep 2022 - 9:15AM
The View | India’s Ukraine war stance is starting to look less like neutrality and more like a pro-Russia position

The case of Russian oil circumventing US sanctions via an Indian port has renewed attention to India’s rising Russian oil imports and raised doubts about its neutral stance. India has its own geopolitical calculations but US allies may question the special treatment granted to New Delhi.

The case of Russian oil circumventing US sanctions via an Indian port has renewed attention to India’s rising Russian oil imports and raised doubts about its neutral stance. India has its own geopolitical calculations but US allies may question the special treatment granted to New Delhi.

29 Aug 2022 - 11:30AM
Opinion | Can US economic sanctions still work in a multipolar world?

Sanctions have rarely succeeded in deterring authoritarian regimes; instead, they lead to increased economic hardship among ordinary people. Today, shifting global alliances are weakening the effect of Western sanctions as targeted states like Russia and Iran form new ties.

Sanctions have rarely succeeded in deterring authoritarian regimes; instead, they lead to increased economic hardship among ordinary people. Today, shifting global alliances are weakening the effect of Western sanctions as targeted states like Russia and Iran form new ties.

18 Aug 2022 - 10:20AM
Opinion | Nancy Pelosi risked global security with Taiwan visit, all in a feeble attempt to shore up Democrat voter base

US House Speaker’s Taiwan visit was a political stunt with the shortsighted aim of winning Democrat votes. Yet there will be long-term consequences, including heightened geopolitical uncertainty, while Beijing will inflict economic pain through tariffs and sanctions.

US House Speaker’s Taiwan visit was a political stunt with the shortsighted aim of winning Democrat votes. Yet there will be long-term consequences, including heightened geopolitical uncertainty, while Beijing will inflict economic pain through tariffs and sanctions.

6 Aug 2022 - 2:21AM
Opinion | Australia needs better terms with China, yet refuses to meet Beijing halfway

Australia’s government has rejected China’s proposals for improving ties, claiming to be looking out for its own national interests. In reality, Canberra still views Beijing through the lens of the US-China great power game, which can only hurt its economy while boosting America’s.

Australia’s government has rejected China’s proposals for improving ties, claiming to be looking out for its own national interests. In reality, Canberra still views Beijing through the lens of the US-China great power game, which can only hurt its economy while boosting America’s.

21 Jul 2022 - 5:25AM
Opinion | Australia’s China bias and colonial blinkers mean it fails to see big picture for Pacific islands’ development

Canberra had chosen symbolic gestures and feeble investments over more practical initiatives now being offered by Beijing to Pacific island nations. Australia must shed its colonial mindset and stop claiming to always have the moral high ground over China.

Canberra had chosen symbolic gestures and feeble investments over more practical initiatives now being offered by Beijing to Pacific island nations. Australia must shed its colonial mindset and stop claiming to always have the moral high ground over China.

19 Jun 2022 - 9:15AM