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Rebooting nuclear security

Nov 11, 2014

Rebooting nuclear security

by Lassina Zerbo

In these days of economic woe, potential pandemic disease and widespread civil unrest, it may come as a surprise that so many people around the world still view nuclear conflict as the greatest threat facing humanity. And for good reason.

Russia's future looks bleak

Nov 11, 2014

Russia's future looks bleak

by Leonid Bershidsky

As Russia's present is too unbalanced to discuss and President Vladimir Putin prefers to rehash the past, some commentators have set out to fathom the country's future based on its current trajectory. Their scenarios are bleak.

Nov 11, 2014

China flexes its Silk Road muscle

by John Kemp

Just as access to American markets and capital was once a key component of U.S. diplomacy, China is now employing its financial and trade muscle to win influence. It's "New Silk Road" maritime and land belts have become the centerpiece of its economic diplomacy.

Nov 10, 2014

A world beset by divisions

by Curtis S. Chin

Whether once divided by physical walls or currently split by political ones, today's leaders in Asia, the U.S. and Europe — including newly elected members of the U.S. Congress — should think about how much has been and can be achieved when the barriers ...

GOP takeover could mean trouble for Japan

Nov 10, 2014

GOP takeover could mean trouble for Japan

by William Pesek

Perhaps no one in Asia is happier than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to see Republicans take over control of the U.S. Congress. In fact, Japan's plummeting currency and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal put Abe in a tough ...

| Nov 8, 2014

Right-wing witch hunt signals dark days in Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Many Japanese and long-time Japan observers have expressed dismay about the recrudescence of self-righteous nationalism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has emboldened right-wing extremists now threatening democratic institutions and civil liberties. “The revisionist right in Japan with the active encouragement, if not involvement, ...