In 2009, Southeast Asian political leaders accelerated their target date for realizing the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) to 2015. As the deadline looms, there are competing opinions on what can be accomplished by the end of this year, the AEC’s potential impact, and its near-term priorities.
Although the issue of what most of the world calls the Armenian Genocide of 1915 is now a century old, it is still a live and divisive issue that mobilizes Armenians across the world, shapes the identity and politics of modern Turkey, and has consumed the attention of U.S. politicians for years.
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will discuss his acclaimed new book, a moving memoir of his family’s long struggle with displacement, exile, anti-semitism, and apartheid, and how these same themes continue to haunt the contemporary Middle East.
The steady decline of global oil prices since June 2014 is shifting economic, political, and strategic calculations of key Middle East actors, and adding a new element of uncertainty at a time of increased regional conflict and polarization.
A number of major foreign and domestic policy challenges face Japan in 2015.
The economic and social development challenges facing Myanmar are enormous and require sustained support from its international development partners.
The China-Pakistan axis plays a central role in Asia’s geopolitics. For decades, each side has been the other’s only “all-weather friend,” but the relationship is still little understood.
2014 has seen violent flare ups in Nagorny Karabakh, as Azerbaijani and Armenian forces have engaged in skirmishes across the ceasefire line. The international negotiations process has come under renewed pressure.
As tensions flare in the South Caucasus, Swiss diplomats continue to play a critical role in ongoing negotiations.
The recent Senate report about the CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists renews important questions about the most effective and ethical means to counter the threat of global jihadism.
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