Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said pointedly that his country “will not take sides.” Indian leaders have reaffirmed their policy of nonalignment, implying that their nation will seek to stay out of the fight. South Africa, Pakistan and numerous other nations are following a similar path.Read More »
No Appetite for a ‘New Cold War’ in Asia
Key states are attempting to shore up Asia’s fragile security and economic order. But much more will be needed — across issues ranging from cyber to maritime security and trade — if the region is to avoid the worst consequences of the growing competition between the United States and China. Sitting back and waiting for Trump and Xi to find common ground is no longer possible.Read More »
Russia in Africa: Can it Offer an Alternative to the US and China?
The danger for Moscow is that, the more progress it makes with African governments, the more likely it is that its interests will collide with those of either China or the US – or both.Read More »
3 Things Motivating China’s Position in Trade Negotiations with the US
China’s reformers seem to have lost the upper hand in recent weeks, making it even less likely that the Chinese will make changes that are compatible with what the U.S. wants. Ultimately, any deal will need to convey to Chinese citizens that President Xi did the right thing for the country.Read More »
Is The Growing Russia Crisis Another Cold War Conflict? Nyet
The crisis over alleged Russian involvement in a murder attempt on a spy and his daughter in the UK has been called an extension of the Cold War. But that war was about ideology; this crisis isn't.Read More »
Why is Turkey So Eager to be Led Down the Belt and Road?
The magic of the Belt and Road Initiative is not the economic benefits it will offer Turkey or China. Rather, it is how the BRI taps into Ankara’s desperation to find alternatives to its economic and strategic partners such as Germany and the United States, and how it supports China’s desire to establish its own economic architecture.Read More »
Thailand’s Delicate Dance with the Major Powers
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to Thai capital suggests that Thailand is now strategically courting authoritarian major powers, namely Russia and China, in defiance of Western criticism of Bangkok’s coup and military regime.Read More »
The Price of Coexistence Between the EU and Russia
Considering the current domestic political developments in Russia, a long period of relative instability and recurring tensions seems unavoidable. But this doesn’t mean that we are approaching a new Cold War.Read More »
Book Review: Cambodia’s Remarkable Journey
Amazingly, Cambodia's transition out of rule by the Khmer Rouge, its long civil war, and its descent into electoral authoritarianism have all been guided by one man. A new book looks at his legacy.Read More »
Is Europe Going the Yugoslavia Way?
Europe should be the world's superpower. So why is it on the verge of collapse? Why its growth is anemic at best and socio-economic inequality is on the rise.Read More »