- CommentarySep 4, 2014
Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will enter office as Indonesia’s next president in October amid high—likely unachievable—expectations that his will be a transformational administration. He is expected to sweep away corruption, cut bureaucratic red tape and inefficiency, strengthen the social safety net, and lay the groundwork for long-term economic growth.
- CommentarySep 3, 2014
While trade agreements are nominally made at the international level, their legitimacy is based on the support of a country’s domestic interests. Today, trade agreements are primarily a vehicle to improve the welfare of consumers and the competitiveness of home-country producers, and consequently domestic buy-in is a practical requirement.
- CommentaryAug 29, 2014
The United States does not have good or quick options in dealing with the Islamic State, in part because it faces serious challenges in Iraq and Syria that cannot be separated from any efforts to weaken and destroy the Islamic State. This, however, is not a reason to stand and wait for better options that do not exist.
- CommentaryAug 28, 2014
Top U.S. and Australian officials on August 12 signed a 25-year legally binding Force Posture Agreement to cement the new era of bilateral security cooperation, and U.S. rotational deployments to northern Australia in particular.
- CommentaryAug 27, 2014
On August 10, in the first ever direct presidential elections mandated by the constitutional change brought about by a referendum in October 2007, Turkish voters chose Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), as their 12th president to replace outgoing president Abdullah Gul at Cankaya Palace on August 28.
- CommentaryBy Richard M. Rossow, Rasika GynediAug 26, 2014
During the last Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime (1999-2004), two seemingly unrelated events— the New Telecom Policy 1999 and the Y2K crisis—triggered the explosive growth of India’s information technology-enabled services (ITeS) industry.
- CommentaryBy Murray Hiebert, Phuong NguyenAug 21, 2014
The Myanmar government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years, but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times.
- CommentaryAug 20, 2014
The political risks and instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan are all too apparent. It is unclear that Afghanistan can create a stable central government, and it is unclear that Pakistan’s present central government can survive. At the same time, this is only part of the story.
Critical Problems in Security
- CommentaryAug 18, 2014
There is no question that the Islamic State is the most immediate aspect of the Iraq crisis. It needs to be checked, its gains need to be reversed, and it needs to be driven out of Iraq if possible. But – and it is a critical but – Iraq requires far more.
- CommentaryAug 11, 2014
President Obama seems to have adopted a strategy of making a long-term military commitment to Iraq. It is one based on air and missile power, advisers, and arms transfers, and conditional on Iraqis moving toward unity and helping themselves. He has also been right in giving the Kurds priority.