Twenty years after it entered into force, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) remains the only institutional framework for trilateral cooperation among Canada, Mexico, and the United States. And with innovative and highly successful trade blocs emerging around the world, regionalism seems to be a defining tenor of modern international affairs.
Foreign assistance is dwarfed in terms of funding by developing countries’ own financial resources. As many traditional donors continue to deal with the after effects of the global financial crisis, it is clear that a significant increase in aid will not occur any time soon.
In about two weeks, we will know how India’s various political parties fared in the Lok Sabha elections and, shortly after, will have a new government in Delhi. Then political parties will shift from election mode to governance. But what will be the focus of the next government? And what are the key parties saying about issues of interest to the American audience?
Q1: What did the Special 301 Report detail on India?
As global demand for energy supplies grew, Russia’s Far East and Eastern Siberia in 2013 acquired ever more importance in the region’s geopolitics. Moscow and Beijing reached accord on joint development of key oil fields in Eastern Siberia. But Moscow used arms sales to Vietnam as part of an apparent effort to thwart Chinese hegemony in the South China Sea.
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
Is Nuclear Weapons Modernization Affordable?
By Clark Murdock
Localizing Development Assistance to Enhance Effectiveness
By Robert Lamb
The End of Moore's Law...No Really This Time
This week, U.S. president Barack Obama will travel to Asia, beginning with Japan and followed by South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
China’s economy has grown rapidly for 30 years due to a combination of smart politics and favorable economics. By pursuing a policy of “reform and opening” and allowing the first green shoots of a market economy to flourish in the late 1970s, Deng Xiaoping united China’s people and policymakers behind the pursuit of a single overarching goal: growth.
India’s national election commenced on April 7, running until May 12. On May 16, the results will be announced. While it certainly appears the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win the most seats and be in a good position to form the next government, nothing is certain in Indian politics. Irrespective of who wins, there will be a dramatic leadership change.
After 30 years of spectacular growth, has China hit a wall? Certainly the country’s old growth model seems to be running out of steam: labor is no longer cheap, debt is rising at an alarming pace, and exports can no longer be the leading driver of growth.