- 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.
- CommentaryOct 30, 2014
Since Thai army chief-turned-junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha launched his May coup overthrowing the democratically elected but deeply troubled government of Yingluck Shinawatra, commentators in both Thailand and the United States have debated the U.S. response.
- CommentaryOct 23, 2014
It is too early to say that the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State is imploding, but it is scarcely too soon to question whether this is possible. In fact, it is far from clear that the original U.S. strategy ever planned to deal with the complications that have arisen since President Obama officially announced a portion of what that strategy really had to be.
- CommentaryOct 17, 2014
Oil prices have collapsed dramatically since June. As our colleagues noted earlier this week, Brent prices in the low $80s translate to Bakken prices in the low $70s (or below), putting pressure on unconventional producers.
- CommentaryOct 16, 2014
Shortly after the November 4 congressional elections, President Barack Obama will head to Asia for a series of important summits at which he will have an opportunity to address some critical challenges facing the United States and the region. First will be the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting at Yanqi Lake outside Beijing on November 10–11.
- CommentaryOct 16, 2014
In its latest annual report on arms control compliance (released in July 2014), the State Department formally accused Russia of having violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
- CommentaryOct 10, 2014
On the surface, the easy and conventional explanation for the recent drop (20% since June) in oil prices - even in the face of heightened geopolitical risk/unrest in key oil producing regions - has focused mainly on the growth in supply (especially in the United States), lackluster global demand, and sizable global inventories. In combination, this trifecta has led market analysts to be both complacent (to date, this unrest has not impeded production volumes) and more recently, bearish. U.S. liquids production continues to grow; Russian exports, even in the face of sanctions remain high, and Iraq and Iran continue to export even as Libyan volumes go up and down.