Opinion polls in both Japan and the United States show continued strong support for their security alliance and economic relationship, but Trump administration trade policies, its withdrawal from international agreements, and its undermining of multilateral institutions is stressing bilateral ties in ways not seen in decades.
In the face of the decline of democracy in the United States, it is beneficial to look toward other democracies which declined and recovered. This analysis reveals that often recovery takes decades, can remain incomplete, and that it requires the dedication of individuals committed to renewal.
You have to go to the source of the problem to solve a challenge as vast as the health of the world’s oceans. But government can’t do it alone.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had its annual plenary meeting last week in Paris, where it grappled with hard cases, like Pakistan. FATF’s blacklist for nations that do not uphold its standards can effectively cut them off from the international financial system.
Chinese state-owned companies are using their financial leverage to build strongholds in Portugal, Greece and Italy. Many of the targeted countries are becoming soft supporters of China on the international stage.
The integration of foreign and informal forces in Syria makes success in restoring pre-2011 unified security sector governance improbable.
Two new U.S. cyber strategies—a holistic national strategy for cyberspace and another guiding the efforts of U.S. military—have reinforced a critical need for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to work together in cyberspace.
Early next month, the U.S. will re-impose sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the Iran nuclear deal. China’s largest oil refiners may also stop importing Iranian oil in November, which will effect Iran’s economy.
Destructive and illegal fishing practices are resulting in more and bigger boats fishing for fewer and smaller fish.
Although stabilization programs were not part of the Syrian political transformation initially envisioned, they did cultivate more inclusive, capable local governance. But with larger military and political factors shaping outcomes on the ground in Syria, what will endure of this?