Nov 29, 2013

Playing chicken in East Asia

Just how does China intend to enforce its new "Air Defense Identification Zone" in the East China Sea? National pride and the personal reputation of new President Xi Jinping are both committed to this game now.

Nov 19, 2013

View Typhoon Haiyan as an early warning system

“We’ve been telling the rest of the world we don’t want what’s happening to us to happen to everyone else,” said Lucille L. Sering, the vice chair of the Philippines’ Climate Commission,, as the country struggled to cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. ...

Nov 1, 2013

Downfall of a rogue spy agency

The 4.9 million Americans with access to classified information include 480,000 civilian contractors with the same "top secret" security clearance as whistle-blower and exile Edward Snowden.

Oct 28, 2013

Win-win except for Syrians

As chemical weapons inspectors go about their work in Syria, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad come out ahead. In fact everybody wins except the Syrians.

Oct 8, 2013

At last, Iran in from the cold?

Iran President Hassan Rouhani faces strong opposition at home from those whose political interests demand a continuation of the Iran-against-the-world confrontation.

Sep 25, 2013

Odds for Assad spike higher

It was already looking likely that President Bashar Assad's regime would survive. But the events of the past two weeks have made it virtually certain.