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.
South Korea is a country under stress. To be sure, the runaway success of Korean brands, from Hyundai and Samsung to the Korean Wave, have highlighted the enormous achievements of a once-poor country that is today wealthier, more connected, and more influential in global affairs than ever before.
Q1: How is the recent escalation of violence in Iraq impacting global oil markets?
This week, the Pacific Alliance, a Latin American trade and economic integration initiative composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, convenes its ninth presidential summit, inducting several brand-new observers and officially beginning the process to induct Costa Rica as a full member.
Of the many stereotypes that are tossed around about South Korea and South Koreans, one of the most generous and true is that it’s a place and people striving and working hard.
China’s reemergence as a great power over the next few decades represents the primary strategic challenge for the U.S.-Japan security alliance and for the East Asian security landscape writ large.