- CommentaryNov 20, 2014
On November 21, Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Istanbul for a two day visit during which he will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
- CommentaryBy Gerald HymanNov 18, 2014
Over a month of street demonstrations in Islamabad organized by Imran Khan and his party (the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) in association with Sufi religious cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, his political party (the Pakistan Awami Tehreek), and his religious organization (the Minhaj-ul-Quran) have resulted in: the diminished authority and legitimacy of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, of the elected civilian government, and of the first peaceful, electoral transition of power in Pakistan; the reassertion of real power by the military; and no real gain for the demonstrators and their goals.
- CommentaryNov 14, 2014
On November 12, the United States and China released a joint statement on climate change revealing for the first time both countries’ post-2020 emissions targets.
- CommentaryBy Phuong NguyenNov 14, 2014
Expectations for this week’s East Asia Summit and related meetings have been rather modest given the increasing complexity of issues facing countries in Asia and the limited capacity of Myanmar as host. To be clear, Myanmar has done a commendable job given this is its first time chairing ASEAN and hosting other regional meetings.
- CommentaryBy Haim MalkaNov 12, 2014
After half a century during which the Middle East was divided along Cold War lines between U.S. allies and adversaries, the United States now has friendly relations with nearly every Arab state, save the Assad regime in Syria. Yet, non-state armed groups have emerged as key protagonists in conflicts around the region, and they are often hostile to the United States. Today they undermine U.S.
- CommentaryNov 10, 2014
President Obama’s November 11-12 summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping comes at an opportune time. With the Republican sweep of Congress, Obama will now have more leeway on foreign policy than on domestic issues and can devote more effort to the rebalance to Asia, even as he deals with growing terrorist threats emanating from the Middle East, an Ebola pandemic in Africa, and
- CommentaryNov 6, 2014
President Barack Obama will end his trip to Asia in mid-November at the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia, after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ meeting in Beijing and the East Asia Summit in Myanmar.
- CommentaryBy Ryan CrottyNov 5, 2014
On November 4, the Republicans expanded their majority in the House of Representatives and took the Senate, winning at least a 52-48 majority. What does this mean for the defense budget in the near term? What are the important decision points over the next six months that are critical for defense? What are the broader concerns to pay attention to in the medium term?
- CommentaryNov 3, 2014
Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaoré resigned on Friday after four days of violent protests. Burkinabé citizens took to the streets in the capital Ouagadougou and in Bobo Dioulasso calling for the resignation when Compaoré attempted to push through parliament a constitutional amendment that would abolish term limits and allow him to run in national elections scheduled for November 2015.
- CommentaryOct 31, 2014
For the fifth time in eight and a half years, Russia and Ukraine signed another gas deal, literally at the eleventh hour, late evening on October 30 in Brussels. This time negotiations were conducted under the mediation of the European Union (EU) with six months of back and forth discussions, during which Russia ceased supplying gas to Ukraine while gas transit to Europe continued.