Narendra Modi’s number one priority is the economy. But while he deserves some credit for improving India’s macroeconomic performance, he has been slow to enact bold reforms that could improve the business climate and the functioning of government.
The rising relationship between China and Russia is based both on a common resentment toward Washington’s world dominance as well as on shared interests.
The reaction from the United States over the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) translates into a victory for China.
Washington has made a mistake in approaching the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a competition between the United States and China.
Iran appears to be increasing its military presence in the Middle East, raising a lot of questions about just what its ambitions are.
While the United States remains one of the Asia-Pacific’s key security providers, it will have to tailor its economic diplomacy if it wants to compete in the new Pan-Asian architecture of the region.
The Islamic State needs to be fought militarily, but the underlying causes of frustration and marginalization also have to be addressed.
Power in the twenty-first century is a less concrete asset than it once was.
Social media can both play a role in the dispersion of power and is itself a consequence of that dispersion.
The December 2014 election has given Abe four more years until the next election. This potentially gives Abe the time needed to implement unpopular economic measures like structural reform in Japan.