Myanmar’s upcoming national elections, expected in early November, will be an important test for its reform process. Many in Washington, in particular U.S. lawmakers and human rights activists, will be looking at the outcome of the voting as one of the factors determining future U.S. policy toward Myanmar. As such, knowing what to expect will help set the tone for the U.S.
During the first year of the Modi government, we have seen both our economic and our strategic relationship with India placed firmly back on a positive trajectory. But in many ways, the year focused on “setting the table” for cooperation. In the coming year, leaders from both nations will focus on ways to breathe life into the principles outlined in year one.
Today, with combat operations in Afghanistan winding down, U.S. policy toward the states of Central Asia is transitioning to a third era. The United States now has an opportunity to refashion its approach to the region.
On Wednesday, President Bachelet announced that she had asked all of her cabinet ministers to submit their resignations—and that she would decide who stays and who leaves in the next 72 hours. So far, she has only confirmed that Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz will stay in office.
Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama on May 6 reiterated that he will not attend any Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders’ meetings as long as Australia and New Zealand remain full members, rather than development partners like China, the European Union, Japan, and the United States.
General Joseph Dunford, nominated today by President Obama as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the odds-on favorite to succeed General Martin Dempsey.
A flurry of attention is surrounding the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states this week and next. An impending summit with President Obama at Camp David at the end of next week is driving a host of meetings.
Chief among the current challenges facing the global human rights community (and broader civil society) is a contagion growing in intensity and described best—if inelegantly—as the closing space around civil society.
And they’re off! With Britain going to the polls for general elections on May 7, 2015, no party is poised to win an outright majority in parliament (requiring 326 seats) and the race for Westminster is simply too close to call.
Today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan became the first Japanese leader ever to address a joint session of Congress. Abe summarized key themes for U.S.-Japan relations including history, as August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.