- CommentaryMay 1, 2014
As global demand for energy supplies grew, Russia’s Far East and Eastern Siberia in 2013 acquired ever more importance in the region’s geopolitics. Moscow and Beijing reached accord on joint development of key oil fields in Eastern Siberia. But Moscow used arms sales to Vietnam as part of an apparent effort to thwart Chinese hegemony in the South China Sea.
- CommentaryApr 25, 2014
Russia’s occupation and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in February and March have plunged Europe into one of its gravest crises since the end of the Cold War.
- CommentaryBy Sarah O. Ladislaw, Anne HudsonApr 18, 2014
In 2011, the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) agreed to establish a global climate agreement in 2015. In preparation for this 2015 summit to take place in Paris, it was agreed in Warsaw in late 2013 that governments should establish clear internal climate goals to present on the international stage.
- CommentaryApr 18, 2014
Edward Snowden, perhaps under duress, recently participated in a call-in program where selected viewers can pose pre-screened questions directly to Vladimir Putin.
- CommentaryBy Phuong NguyenApr 17, 2014
President Barack Obama’s administration has touted the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) as a hallmark of growing U.S. engagement with ASEAN, particularly mainland Southeast Asia. For the past five years, government agencies, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have made inroads toward developing the LMI as the centerpiece of U.S. engagement along the Mekong River.
- CommentaryApr 16, 2014
Now that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued its Cybersecurity Framework, how will we know if it is working? There are two essential categories of measurement: adoption and effectiveness. These metrics provide essential information for guiding policy and for assessing the value of the framework.
- CommentaryApr 15, 2014
In its East China Sea diplomacy, Taiwan has been creative and constructive. In August 2012, President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the East China Sea Peace Initiative (ECSPI) to manage rising tensions over the disputed islands known as the Diaoyutai Islands in Taiwan, the Senkaku Islands in Japan, and the Diaoyu Islands in Mainland China.
- CommentaryApr 15, 2014
The discovery of a vulnerability named Heartbleed in Open SSL, a key commercial encryption program, joins a long line of ridiculous stories about cybersecurity.
- CommentaryBy Gregory B. Poling, Benjamin SchaareApr 10, 2014
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is presumed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, “about as close to nowhere as it’s possible to be, but . . . closer to Australia than anywhere else,” according to Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.
- CommentaryApr 3, 2014
On March 30, the Philippines submitted a memorial detailing its arguments and evidence against China’s nine-dash line and other aspects of Beijing’s South China Sea claims to an arbitration tribunal at The Hague. The 10-volume, nearly 4,000-page document marks a bold step by Manila, and one that Beijing seems to have believed never would actually happen.