The United Nations Security Council has authorized African Union peacekeepers, bolstered by French troops, to use force to protect civilians and restore order in the Central African Republic (CAR). CAR has been in chaos since a coalition of rebel groups toppled President Francois Bozizé in March.
Beginning in the 1970s, the United States steadily shifted the focus of its foreign assistance on meeting the basic human needs—public health, basic education, and food security—of the developing world; programs aimed at poverty reduction.
Future economic historians may look back on the fourth quarter of 2013 as a moment when the seeds of major change in the Asia-Pacific region were planted. China’s Communist Party announced sweeping reforms at the Third Plenum of its 18th Central Committee that could mark a fundamental reorientation of the region’s largest economy.
Economic integration has been a focus of Asia-Pacific affairs for the last quarter century. To support and strengthen economic ties, governments in the region have pursued an array of integration initiatives, from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum launched in 1989 to bilateral and regional trade negotiations currently underway.
Taiwan’s ambiguous international status has long complicated its ability to participate in international organizations in which the rest of the world shares information and makes critical global decisions.
Will Europe reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas supplies? This question, prompted by the North American unconventional gas 'revolution,' has incited considerable debate.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on November 12 concluded the much anticipated Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee. Based on the vague official communique released at the plenum’s closing, most initial media commentary quickly pronounced the meeting disappointing—if not a total failure—causing markets to punish Chinese stocks. But the new leadership team proved these judgments to be premature with the release on November 15 of a comprehensive blueprint containing the most sweeping reform proposals in decades. The bold reform package is a powerful demonstration of President Xi Jinping’s personal authority within the system after only a year at the helm of the CCP.
The 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), whose aim is to liberalize trade in the Asia-Pacific region, is a central plank of the Obama administration’s “rebalance” to Asia. The negotiating partners include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.
Recent months have seen some slowdown in the overall U.S.-India relationship, principally due to trade and investment-related concerns. However, defense cooperation remains a bright spot. In fact, over the past year, defense cooperation has become a centerpiece of the U.S.-India relationship.
In recent months, the President nominated a new Chairman to the FCC, Tom Wheeler, as well as an additional Republican Commissioner, Mike O’Rielly. These two slots had gone unfilled for about five months. They each received Senate Commerce Committee approval, following their separate hearings, and then on October 29, they were paired together and earned full Senate confirmation.