As Iraq increasingly stumbles in the face of an overt threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), troubling questions emerge about how the United States might assess and address instability in the Middle East and wider threats posed by unconventional or irregular forces.
Q1: Why did President Obama give the speech?
A decade-long negotiation between Russia and China appears to have finally closed on May 21, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Shanghai.
For the time being here in the United States, immigration reform has all but fallen off Congress’s policy agenda, victim to the partisan divisiveness that has characterized the legislative process in recent years. But as that stalemate persists, it proves ever more problematic for the country’s domestic and foreign affairs.
Today was the deadline for Indonesia’s political parties to nominate their presidential candidates and coalitions. There have been some interesting turns and unexpected alliances. What is taking shape is a two horse race between two very different candidates.
India held its national election between April 7 and May 12. Today the Election Commission has been opening the electronic ballot boxes and releasing the vote counts.
On May 15, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a notice of proposed rulemaking for a new net neutrality regulation. The proposal is not yet available to the public, but the FCC announced that the new regulations would allow for "commercially reasonable" traffic management—a provision that has caused uproar in online communities.
On May 6, at a meeting of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer expressed his concern that Chile’s ongoing tax reform process take into consideration the interests of all of the country’s commercial stakeholders—including those of U.S. firms operating in Chile.
Q1: Why did Thailand’s Constitutional Court order caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down?
Tensions between China and Vietnam over the disputed South China Sea are at their highest levels in years. On May 2, the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) placed its deep sea drilling rig HD-981 in disputed waters south of the Paracel Islands. Vietnam objected to the placement, declaring that the rig is located on its continental shelf.