April 30, 2017

Japan Courts Russia at Sochi Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Sochi. (Photo via video stream)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to travel to Russia in spite of US warnings, and to propose a new level of economic cooperation, may prove to be an important step in pursuing a stronger long-term relationship with Russia. Read More »

What’s Behind Russia’s Rapprochement With Pakistan?

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo via  Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)

What does the Kremlin’s emphasis on Pakistan say about the state of Russia-India ties? Read More »

British Dream Now a Reality for London’s First Muslim Mayor

Sadiq Khan has emerged as one of the most powerful Muslim politician in Europe. (Photo by Policy Exchange, Creative Commons License)

In London, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver is in charge. He has become Europe’s most powerful Muslim politician. Sadiq Khan’s victory has shown us that the British dream can become a reality. Read More »

Merkel and Obama: Fault Lines Behind a Friendly Face

President Barak Obama (R), Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2nd R), Netherland Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (2nd L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) share a laugh prior to the G20 leaders holding the opening working Plenary session at the Convention Center September 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (International Monetary Fund Photograph by Stephen Jaffe, Creative Commons License)

If Obama’s visit to the United Kingdom and Germany confirmed anything, it was the extent to which America’s political elites worry about the strength and unity of Europe. Read More »

The Limits to Chinese Political Power

(Photo by  Twentyfour Students, Creative Commons License)

China must be dealt with as it is — case by case, rule by rule, situation by situation. Seeing China clearly as it is requires understanding and accepting the limits on anyone’s power to change it inside or outside the system, and working with the China we have, not the China that even President Xi encourages to dream of 50 or a 100 years hence. Read More »

Deafening Silence from Ethiopia

(Photo by Gadaa.com, Creative Commons License)

The Ethiopian government is cracking down on journalists and NGOs. Where's the outrage from the international community? Read More »

Are Poor Societies Stuck with Dictators?

Inked after voting in South Africa's 4th democratic elections. (Photo by Darryn van der Walt, Creative Commons License)

A classical political science debate focuses on whether democracy is dependent on development. The director of the Electoral Integrity Project revisits the issue using new data from African elections. Read More »

Explainer: What Are ‘Tax Havens’?

Baughers Bay in British Virgin Island. (Photo by Jean-Marc Astesana, Creative Commons License)

Tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands and Panama have a few key things in common. Read More »

What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

A tank on display at Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh. (Photo by Timon91, Creative Commons License)

Complacency in the face of long-understood risks should be replaced by strong political will and effective mechanisms to prevent further escalations in Nagorno-Karabakh – and indeed elsewhere in Europe and Russia’s shared neighborhood. Read More »

Sunny Days Ahead for Blossoming China–Nepal Ties

A view of the Kali Gandaki dam, completed in 2002. Nepal is seeking Chinese investment in the energy sector, because it is facing serious power crisis.  (image by ADB)

It is no coincidence that Chinese aid is flowing into Nepal at a rapid rate. China prioritizes relations with Nepal due to its geo-strategic location, lying between India and China’s autonomous region of Tibet. Chinese interest in Nepal has been stoked by national security concerns related to the free Tibet movements. Read More »