Silence from Afghanistan at the UNGA session for the second consecutive year inspired leaders from a few other states to ensure the country was mentioned. Accorded a varied reception, the remarks reflect distinct national perceptions of, and interests in Afghanistan.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II has drawn varied reactions, including renewed anger from nations once subjected to British colonialism. To them, the occasion is yet another moment of reckoning; an opportunity to reveal the darker side of the extraordinary grandeur symbolized by the British Crown.
The SCO Summit 2022 is yet another reminder of the significance of the organization's geostrategic scope and its membership in shared aspirations of regional connectivity. With theorized shifts in the global order, the degree of actualization of that vision remains to be seen.