Aug 17, 2011

Rising superpower floats an aircraft carrier

China’s new (and first) aircraft carrier isn’t fully operational yet. But whatever its ultimate naval potency, we know that it does at least float! It’s currently in a mainland dock for further dressing up and hosting of crew training before setting sail. We recall ...

Jul 16, 2011

No 'one size fits all' for democracy

“Political man” is a complicated species. Cultural conditions and history differ widely. Humility in the interpretation and prediction of human nature is the wisest bet. The evolving “Arab Spring,” as the media term it, is viewed through Western eyes as if the transformation of ...

Jun 22, 2011

Kissinger analysis key to understanding China

It is very tempting to proclaim “On China” as the most important new nonfiction book of 2011. But that it may well be. Several reasons compel this judgment. The first is that this extraordinarily clear-headed analytical study has just one central focus: China. It ...

Jun 10, 2011

Round two for a U.N. workaholic

What’s surprising about the probable confirmation of incumbent United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for a second five-year term is not its near-certainty. It is the virtual lack of controversy surrounding it. If you judged the former South Korean foreign minister’s first term ...

May 25, 2011

Risky business, IMF style

We need to have a clear understanding about what is happening with the International Monetary Fund. Do not for a minute believe the current scandal is just one of those more or less happening things. It may not be the total end of the ...

May 13, 2011

Whirlwind shakes out Singapore minister

It may be quintessentially American to believe that elections are good things and their absence inherently bad — in theory. In reality, everyone knows that elections sometimes seem more trouble than they are worth and can produce unwanted results. This is what happened in ...

May 7, 2011

Hoping for a return to normal temperatures

Just when you begin to worry that maybe the United States cannot do anything right, this happens. And suddenly things seem just a little better — and the barometric pressure in American a little bit lighter. This is to say that the loud noise ...

Apr 22, 2011

Latest word from Mahathir

Before the prime ministry of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, not that many people had ever heard of Malaysia, outside of adjacent Singapore, which shared a common border as well as an intense mutual antipathy that entertained the rest of Southeast Asia for decades. But by ...

Apr 17, 2011

U.S. need more advice from a good friend

Know thy enemy? That’s a good idea, especially for us Americans when we set out to police the world. Another good idea is to know who our real friends are. Confusion, in this age of a so-called “clash of civilizations” – where the enemy ...

Mar 21, 2011

U.S. gesture would reduce risks posed by weak Kan government

LOS ANGELES — It was a perfect (if quiet) storm in the tense triangular relationship among Beijing, Tokyo and Washington, but with all the noise coming from North Africa and the Middle East, hardly anyone noticed three developments. The first one involved China. President ...