Fault Lines in a Rising Asia
While Asia has been an unparalleled economic success, it is also home to some of the world’s most dangerous, diverse, and divisive challenges.
Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented assertiveness is not a sign of confidence, but rather reflects deep anxieties about a collapsing regional order.
It is important that scholars and practitioners from the region think about the evolution of deterrence between India and Pakistan and how nuclear confidence building measures can contribute to stability.
Modi’s engagements abroad are anchored in the astute recognition that India’s domestic success is inextricably linked to how it can shape its external environment to national advantage.
Pakistan cannot replace or even influence Russia’s strategic partnership with India. India will always play a very special role in Russia's foreign policy and Russia is very much interested in keeping the strategic level of its ties with India.
It has become more important than ever before to bring both India and Pakistan into agreement with international arms control norms.
When historians look back on this period, with some luck, Trump will be forgotten or seen as an oddity or, better yet, a cautionary tale. But the big story will be that in 2008 American voters elected a black man and that in 2016 they elected a woman.
Delhi finds it hard to elicit China’s support on key international priorities of its own, including India’s integration into the global nuclear order.
The regime for managing dual-use nuclear technology has proved remarkably successful to date, but it is becoming increasingly stressed and the prospects for buttressing it are bleak.
The fact that it has taken more than a decade for India to begin work on the Chabahar port project reveals the deep-rooted internal constraints on India’s regional economic strategy.
Unless Asia’s strategically consequential states can significantly mitigate, if not resolve, the region’s political and military deficits, Asia’s rise will never be completed.
China’s debt has risen very rapidly over the last decade and many commentators are warning of a coming collapse. However, China is not at immediate risk of a financial crisis.
In anticipation of the eventual power vacuum in Mosul, Kurdish forces have begun to plan for what comes next in the city, only an hour’s drive from Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital.
The growing prominence of nuclear weapons in Pakistan’s national security strategy casts a shadow of nuclear use over any potential military strategy India might consider to strike this balance. However, augmenting its nuclear options with tactical nuclear weapons is unlikely to bolster Indian deterrence in convincing ways.
Libyans want to move forward with their government, with their economy. The United States has to harness that momentum.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s goal of unchallenged power is firmly rooted after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s resignation. The novelty is that it is happening with Germany’s acquiescence.
Drone warfare in the Federally Administered Tribal Region of Pakistan has many problems. Blowback is not one of them. In fact, data show the opposite: Most respondents support drone strikes.
America’s leaders have drawn attention to a deep paradox of Japan’s nuclear story.
Today’s European leaders have taken the EU to the brink of dissolution, yet they do little seek help from those outside Europe with more successful democratic lessons to share.
Despite the vibrancy of its democracy, India has struggled mightily to regulate political finance in ways that would both contain the costs of elections and curb impropriety in their funding.
While Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system is flawed and unraveling in many ways, it has helped keep the country at peace and provides valuable lessons for the region.
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