- CommentaryDec 15, 2014
While many observers of the Arab world had believed for years that change was inevitable, the “Arab Spring” itself came as a complete surprise four years ago. The idea that a self-immolating fruit seller in Tunisia could shake the political foundations of the Arab world to their core would have been thought ludicrous even in early January 2011.
- CommentaryDec 5, 2014
Reluctant Member of the Nuclear Club
Faced with the prospect of having to confront nuclear-armed China and Pakistan, with both of which it had fought wars over unresolved territorial disputes, India conducted a series of nuclear tests at Pokhran, Rajasthan, on May 11 and 13, 1998, and declared itself a state armed with nuclear weapons.
- CommentaryDec 5, 2014
The world of espionage is murky and uncertain. Cyberspace, given its links to espionage, shares these characteristics. This troubles many scholars, who would prefer certainty, and clear, easily discernable responsibilities for action, such as public statements that would say the Russian government was responsible for Estonia and the American government was responsible for Stuxnet.
- CommentaryBy Jane NakanoDec 4, 2014
Roughly a year since all of its nuclear reactors came offline, Japan has begun seeing rising momentum towards a nuclear restart. In early November, two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station in Kagoshima Prefecture received much needed consent to resume operation from its host prefecture governor, taking them a step closer for an actual restart.
- CommentaryBy Gregory B. Poling, James HurndellDec 4, 2014
It has been a busy few months in the Pacific—a helpful reminder that the region has greater geopolitical clout than is widely recognized. This should serve as a reminder that Washington cannot afford to overlook the “Pacific” part of the “Asia Pacific.”
- CommentaryBy Andrew Philip Hunter, Ryan Crotty, Gregory Sanders, Maren Leed, Melissa Dalton, John Schaus, T.J. CipolettiDec 4, 2014
President Obama is expected to announce in the coming days his nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense. Whoever the next Secretary is, the expectation is that the individual will have a wealth of experience within the Defense Department to draw from. Recruiting an experienced hand at this critical moment will reassure many who worry about the state of the American military.
- CommentaryBy Scott Miller, Greg HicksDec 3, 2014
A key point of controversy in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations centers on whether to include Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the agreement. While some critics challenge the legitimacy of ISDS per se, another, more subtle argument is being made.
- CommentaryDec 3, 2014
Presidents propose action, and then reality intervenes. This cycle holds special irony in the case of President Obama. A year ago, it looked like he might end two of the longest wars in U.S. history by the time he left office.
- CommentaryBy Todd Summers, Katherine PeckNov 30, 2014
India is the second-largest recipient of grant assistance from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, with a three-year allocation under the Global Fund’s new funding mechanism of $850 million.
- CommentaryBy Adelle NearyNov 26, 2014
The economic and security conundrum posed by Indonesia’s archipelagic geography is not new. The combination of 17,000 islands with an underfunded navy and poor port infrastructure results in widespread piracy, illegal fishing, and smuggling.