Australia published its National Security Strategy (NSS), entitled Strong and Secure: A Strategy for Australia’s National Security , on January 23. The 58-page document outlines the country’s assessment of its risks, priorities, and capabilities.
At this time it is impossible to know when, or the conditions under which, North and South Korea might be reunified. This exploratory paper, though, analyzes the current demographic characteristics of the two countries and sets out potential scenarios given conditions that might exist during and following reunification.
Of the many factors that have contributed to China’s industrial development and technological rise, the role of government policy has been impossible to ignore. Policies adopted by the central and local governments in China continue to exert enormous influence on industry in China.
The more one looks at Afghanistan today, the more likely it seems that Transition will at best produce a weak and divided state and at worst a state that either continues its civil war or comes under Taliban and extremist control.
In the two decades since the dissolution of the USSR, Russian and Western experts, human rights activists, and journalists have become accustomed to the political violence of the North Caucasus. Terrorist bombings and acts of sabotage in Dagestan, Ingushetia, and Chechnya are perceived as somehow intrinsic to the region.
The challenges presented by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas—having been led by President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and including Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua as active leaders—are significant and often underestimated. Nor does Chávez's departure from the scene resolve the problem.
The police are one of the most critical institutions of the state. This is particularly true in nations emerging from conflict, which are characterized by insecurity and high levels of crime. Without security, governments cannot begin rebuilding their economies and improving the lives of their citizens.
The new Shinzo Abe cabinet emerged from the holidays with a seemingly renewed sense of urgency in rebuilding Japan’s long crippled economy. Prime Minister Abe’s plans have been dubbed “Abenomics” (pronounced Ah-beh-nomics) by the popular press. What precisely does this term mean, and what are its implications for Japan in 2013 and beyond?
India’s relations with the US and East Asia revolved around notable visits and anniversaries rather than any major policy developments in 2012. These visits and anniversaries should not be dismissed as symbolism without substance.