Asia stands out as the world’s most vibrant region, where rivalries and confrontation coincide with increased economic cooperation and community building. How should we interpret these two dynamics, and what are the implications for U.S. policy?
As the sixth BRICS summit comes to a close on July 16, this paper brings clarity to Brazil’s role in the global economy—its identity, its self-perception, and what can be expected of it.
In one of the more unusual twists in Washington, the Tea Party and conservative Republicans in Congress are taking on the nation’s largest business associations, labor unions, and most Democrats in a battle to shut down the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States.
For once, the pundits got it right: the May 22-25 European Parliament elections really did matter, albeit not in the way some had hoped. The outcome of the elections shook the establishment parties and shattered any illusion that the European Union is marching inexorably toward a United States of Europe. For many government leaders – notably, in the UK, France, Denmark, and Greece – the triumph of populist nationalist movements signaled a sharp erosion in the standing of their parties and a clear challenge to European integration. Even countries like Germany and Italy, where the ruling parties did reasonably well, witnessed a growing fragmentation of the political spectrum.
On July 10 Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the government’s revised budget for the fiscal year 2015.
The Budget Session of Parliament commences on July 7, running through August 14. This will be the first full session of Parliament following India’s April-May 2014 election, and expectations are quite high. This is the third consecutive time a newly-elected government will start its tenure with a Budget Session of Parliament.
With less than two weeks before the July 9 presidential elections in Indonesia, polls suggest that the two candidates, former Special Forces general Prabowo Subianto and former Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, are now in a statistical dead heat.
With the reelection of President Juan Manuel Santos, it is likely that Colombia’s peace talks will conclude in the next calendar year. After nearly 50 years of armed conflict, Santos may finally reach an agreement with the leftist insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
The Eastern Mediterranean: Strategic Geography Again
By Sam Brannen
Time for a New G7?
By Dave Miller
Since the normalization of diplomatic ties in 1995, U.S.-Vietnam relations have taken giant steps forward in nearly every area, from political and economic cooperation to expanding military and cultural ties. As the new era of ties between Hanoi and Washington nears its 20th anniversary, the relationship is increasingly vital to the national interests of both countries.