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.
Foreign leaders must think the United States is now somehow locked in a pattern of swinging from one unprepared foreign policy wild card to another.
Restoring effective policing in Arab states is crucial in order to rebuild social peace, resume economic development and growth, and reintegrate deeply divided political systems and broken state institutions.
Bhagat Singh believed neither in religion nor violence.
Europe’s rupture with Russia has entered its third year. Trust is non-existent. As one looks into the future, one sees uncertainties. What is the way forward? Is there a way forward?
New Delhi will need to do more to increase its material capabilities if it wants to achieve the goal of becoming a great power by 2050.
Corruption fuels violent extremism.
China’s economic relationship with oil-rich Venezuela has always been risky, but it has recently become more instable, given low oil prices and the Latin American country’s domestic politics.
The Panama Papers leak exposes not only a global system of tax avoidance, but the corrupt networks between government officials, organized criminals, and private institutions.
The likely evolution of Sino-Russian ties will be towards a partnership, where one side (Moscow) will be more dependent on the other side (Beijing). The picture may be very different if the EU-Russia relationship radically improves, but this is unlikely to happen.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict requires more than just shuttle diplomacy. A resolution requires a complex multination peacekeeping operation.
The image of Russia as weak and withdrawn from the international arena is wrong. Moscow today has broader ambitions, greater resources, and a willingness to push back against challenges.
Creating a separate fund to protect service budgets from the costs of modernizing strategic nuclear weapons not only cheats the American taxpayer but also fuels an unnecessarily large arsenal stuffed with weapons the United States does not need to remain safe.
New Delhi has been tentative on the international stage despite a number of factors that demand a stronger Indian role in the world.
The EU needs to step up its support for Ukraine’s still-fragile democracy, focusing on the three areas of conditionality, decentralization, and engagement with civil society.
The U.S. view of Russia’s role in the region varies with perceptions and realities of local Russian activism and, of course, a broader understanding of Russian foreign policy and security objectives in Europe and Central Asia.
With the start of the military intervention in Syria in 2015, and the U.S.-Russian diplomatic effort that accompanied it, the Middle East has become a key testing ground for Russia’s attempt to return to the global stage.
The Russian-U.S. relationship in the Middle East over the coming years will likely be defined by rivalry and competition rather than by cooperation.
India needed to drop its posturing and step up political and security engagement in the Gulf.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accomplishments in foreign policy offer hope that similar achievements can be produced at home.
A real strategic partnership between major powers is not just about one-off major initiatives but also about the practical application of the partnership across the wide array of issues.
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