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Defiant Putin on a winning streak

Jan 13, 2015

Defiant Putin on a winning streak

by Richard Weitz

Russian President Vladimir Putin has struck banking and nuclear deals with Iran and scored diplomatic successes with North Korea and Pakistan, all but negating the Western strategy of of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to change its behavior.

Jan 13, 2015

Keeping the peace in East Asia

by Gareth Evans

If World War III ever breaks out, its origins will not lie in the Middle East, South Asia or Eastern Europe. It will be in East Asia — where the strategic interests of China, the United States and their respective partners intersect.

Jan 13, 2015

Delivering on the promise of 'Abenomics'

by Koichi Hamada

If politicians themselves participate in the taxpayer identification system, bureaucrats forgo some of the power that excessive regulation affords them and businesses give up some of their special tax benefits, the Abe government may yet fulfill its promise and build a thriving economy.

Now Abe must follow through

Jan 13, 2015

Now Abe must follow through

by Yuriko Koike

Three factors played important roles in securing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's extraordinary victory in last month's elections: falling oil prices, rising skepticism about China's peaceful intentions and Abe himself supplanting the role of labor unions by demanding that companies give pay raises.

Europe's unending crisis

Jan 12, 2015

Europe's unending crisis

by Robert J.

The European economic crisis refuses to go gently into the night because of the danger that Greece and its creditors can't agree and because of meager economic growth in the eurozone.

Jan 11, 2015

Xi a keen student of U.S. power

by John Kemp

Xi Jinping is being called China's first U.S.-style president because of how he has cultivated a distinctly presidential approach abroad, overseen loans and trade deals with strategic partners and used the "bully pulpit" at home to advocate a clear policy direction.