Few in the United States take much pleasure in what has happened in Iraq in recent days. Many in the Middle East do. Until Western governments understand Middle Eastern governments’ motivations better, they won’t have much influence on the violence unfolding in Iraq.
Thanh Hai Do is a PhD Candidate at Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at Australian National University. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of any institutions. The author would like to thank Leszek Buszynski and Thuy Do for their valuable comments and suggestions.
Most critiques of the US ‘Rebalance to Asia’ have concluded it is more rhetoric than reality. In fact, it was never a new strategy toward the region so much as a reaction to a rebalancing of power that was occurring within the region. Asia is on the rise and that rebalance of power is of profound importance.
Moscow’s recent actions in Crimea will affect world politics for years. The aftershocks will be felt not just in Europe but in Asia as well. Contemplating Russia’s annexation of Crimea, experts have lamented the impact on international law, the perceived weakness of the US and its allies, and the lessons that countries like China may learn regarding the cost of unilateral action.
The 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre reminds us of what remains unchanged in China’s authoritarian government. The ‘China dream’ espoused by President Xi Jinping is not the same as what the Chinese people dream of for their country.
This Issues and Insights presents ideas on the three allies’ areas of cooperation in a North Korean contingency, from the question of political integration of the two Koreas and the establishment of governance and rule of law on the Korean Peninsula, as well as cooperation on humanitarian assistance and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) operations, determining the complexities and legal p
President Obama’s commencement address at West Point on May 28 appears to have been intended to send Americans and the international community a number of important messages. One of them was NOT that the US commitment to the Asia “pivot” or “rebalance” was waning.
The Thai military’s declaration of martial law on May 20, 2014 and the seizure of power is universally seen and in many quarters condemned as anti-democratic. An alternative viewpoint would see the coup as an opportunity to break Thailand’s political impasse and to develop a constitutional framework that is more legitimate and democratic.
The night Hosni Mubarak fell from power, Egyptians of all shades, sizes, and beliefs came together to celebrate the end of a fading dictatorship and the beginning of a bright new future. Amidst singing and fireworks, flag-wrapped Egyptians wept with joy.
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
Nuclear Security: The Road to 2016
By Sharon Squassoni
Responding to Chinese Assertiveness
By Zack Cooper