Periscope – World in Focus

May, 2015

  • 18 May

    Balancing China and the Realist Road to War

    The argument for balancing against China rests on some questionable assumptions.

  • 16 May

    Yemen’s War Redrawing the Middle East’s Fault Lines

    Saudi Arabia's ongoing war in Yemen does more to highlight the kingdom's isolation than its power.

  • 11 May

    US is Back in Somalia

    It’s taken the USA a long time to get over the humiliation of Black Hawk Down. With his surprise visit to Mogadishu, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally closed that ignominious chapter, and announced that Somalia would be seeing a lot more American involvement from now on.

April, 2015

  • 22 April

    Myanmar’s Minority Conundrum

    For long-term happiness, Myanmar’s minorities will be seeking greater autonomy and the chance to defend their cultural heritage. Even if all goes well, balancing their interests against those of the majority will be a permanent conundrum.

  • 20 April

    Asia’s Shifting Economic and Military Power

    China is seeking to “redraw Asia’s geopolitical map” through the Twenty-First Century Maritime Silk Road and Silk Road Economic Belt projects. What looked like two Asias with quite different dynamics now looks more like one complex Asia, in which economic as well as military power is being used within a competitive logic between states.

  • 15 April

    Asia and the Curse of Islamophobia

    Political leaders in Asia may help to check the conflation of Islam with violence and radicalization if they join in common cause with a plurality of states against radical violence and in favor of religious tolerance and mutual respect.

  • 13 April

    US-Iran N. Deal a Game Changer for the Region?

    The US-Iran deal opens new possibilities for the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. If US and Iran can bury the acrimonious past, why cant Islamabad and New Delhi chart the same way when it comes to weapons of mass destruction.

  • 12 April

    Saudi Arabia’s Long History of Meddling in Yemen

    The Saudis are reluctant to send ground troops to fight the Houthis on Yemeni soil. But recent conflicts -- in Iraq, Syria and Libya -- show that air power alone is not enough to win a decisive victory. And the longer this conflict drags on, the more likely that the Houthis will gain wide popular support as the defenders of Yemen's independence against an aggressive and meddling neighbor.

  • 8 April

    Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya Is a Failed State

    Weapons are pouring out of Africa's most oil-rich country while extremist fighters tumble in. The toxic legacy of Gaddafi’s divisive and authoritarian regime, which pitted Libya’s diverse factions against one another, has plagued the prospects for any central authority gaining widespread legitimacy in the war-torn country.

  • 4 April

    Iran Nuclear Deal: The Public Opinion Hurdles Ahead

    Polls in Iran and US underscore the mutual popular mistrust that could scuttle a final agreement.