June 29, 2017

US-China Maritime Disputes: Too Close for Comfort

Sunset on the South China Sea. (Photo by Times Asi, Creative Commons License)

Tensions are ratcheting up between China and the United States over maritime boundaries in Asia. Read More »

A Failed State in Latin America?

Sunrise on Vereda del Lago and Eagle Austin Ship in Maracaibo lake, Venezuela. (Photyo by Wilfredorrh, Creative Commons License)

There's still hope for the "pink tide" that swept aside Latin America's right-wing dictators. But in Venezuela, Chavismo is on its last legs. Read More »

A Very Brazilian Coup

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Brazil's elites can't win an election, but they can engineer an impeachment. Read More »

Israel, Saudi Arabia New Middle East’s Strange Bedfellows

Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal and retired Israeli Major General Yaakov Amidror together at a Washington event hosted by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. (Photo: Youtube/FPIF)

Israel and Saudi Arabia are burying the hatchet. For at least 10 reasons, that's not such a good idea. Read More »

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

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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

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