- JournalBy Jomana QaddourDec 1, 2013
Alawites surely recognize that their long-term interests do not lie with the Assad regime, but they are frightened by the precedent set by de-Ba’athification in Iraq. The opposition and international community must acknowledge four major issues to help assuage their concerns and construct a post-Assad Syrian state.
- JournalBy Eric FarnsworthDec 1, 2013
U.S. policy toward the Americas is at a crossroads: its regional influence is waning and its strategic thinking has essentially collapsed. Washington continues to give lip-service to a united hemisphere based on democratic values, but the region has moved on, requiring a more varied policy.
- Critical QuestionsNov 15, 2013
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on November 12 concluded the much anticipated Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee. Based on the vague official communique released at the plenum’s closing, most initial media commentary quickly pronounced the meeting disappointing—if not a total failure—causing markets to punish Chinese stocks. But the new leadership team proved these judgments to be premature with the release on November 15 of a comprehensive blueprint containing the most sweeping reform proposals in decades. The bold reform package is a powerful demonstration of President Xi Jinping’s personal authority within the system after only a year at the helm of the CCP.
- ReportNov 11, 2013
.¿Se encuentra en peligro la democracia en la Republica Dominicana? ¿Está encaminado el país hacia un régimen unipartidista prolongado? En un esfuerzo por comprender la democracia Dominicana y el estado de derecho, el director del Programa de las Americas de CSIS, Carl Meacham, dirigió una iniciativa para responder estas preguntas.
- ReportNov 11, 2013
Is democracy in danger in the Dominican Republic? Is the country headed toward sustained one-party rule? In an effort to understand the state of Dominican democracy and rule of law, CSIS Americas Program director Carl Meacham led a six-month initiative to answer these questions.
- Critical QuestionsNov 7, 2013
Earlier this week, Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo reported that the Agência Brasileira de Inteligência (Abin), Brazil’s top intelligence agency, has conducted spying operations on diplomatic targets within Brazilian borders.
- NewsletterOct 31, 2013
China’s Third Plenum: Go Big or Go Home?
By Christopher K. Johnson
- NewsletterBy Gordon M. HahnOct 14, 2013
The conclusion of Afghanistan’s ‘Kabul process’ or ‘Afghanization’ will be pivotal both for the national security and economic interests of the People’s Republic of China.
- JournalBy Graeme DobellSep 15, 2013
The past year saw the unfolding of the withdrawal timetable from Afghanistan, the second rotation of US Marines to northern Australia, the first “Full Knowledge and Concurrence” statement on US facilities on Australian soil in six years, and the end of Australia’s long-term military deployments in Timor Leste and Solomon Islands.
- JournalBy David Kang and Jiun BangSep 15, 2013
South Korea-Japan relations have been frozen for some time and despite the summer heat, no thaw appears likely anytime soon.