President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan held a summit meeting at the White House today in conjunction with Abe’s official visit to the United States, the first by a Japanese prime minister in nine years.
As President Barack Obama and his team seek to shore up the rebalance to Asia in the president’s final year in office, it makes sense for them to devote more energy to relations with Thailand. Bilateral ties have been strained since the military takeover in Thailand in May 2014.
The first half of the Budget Session of Parliament concluded on March 20. The Budget itself, as we predicted, was not a muscular reform package (the Budget’s role as a reform tool tends to be wildly overestimated). However, in the last two weeks of Parliament, the government passed critical economic reforms in three other areas.
With the electoral victory of opposition leader General Muhammadu Buhari and a gracious concession speech by incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria has confounded the country’s critics and doomsayers and taken a giant step forward in consolidating democratic progress since the return to civilian rule in 1999.
Reporting from the ground in Nigeria, Jennifer Cooke discusses the successes and the challenges of Nigeria’s hotly contested presidential elections. As an international observer, she reviews the performance and conduct of the election commission, the security services, and civil society, prior to the announcement of final results.
Early this morning, the founder and spiritual leader of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, passed away with his family, citizens of Singapore, and people around the world literally and figuratively at his bedside, wishing him peace and contemplating his legacy.
A year  has passed since Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the formal annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation. This act, which in the Kremlin’s narrative amounted to the rightful return of an ancient Russian holy land, seemingly elevated Vladimir Putin to near savior-like status in the eyes of the Russian people.
President Hollande’s message on nuclear deterrence: in a dangerous world, France does not intend to lower its guard.
Indonesians’ public discourse about their country’s international profile has shifted dramatically over the past few months.