In CSIS's short analysis series, Critical Questions, CSIS experts provide quick answers to the essential questions posed by today’s top international events. For more information, please contact Andrew Schwartz at email@example.com or (202) 775-32421.
- Critical QuestionsJan 27, 2015
On Sunday, January 18, Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot dead in his Buenos Aires apartment. His death came just hours before he was scheduled to deliver testimony before a congressional commission on new evidence he allegedly uncovered linking top Argentine officials to a series of covert negotiations with Iran in recent years.
- Critical QuestionsBy Greg HicksJan 27, 2015
On January 13, the European Commission released a report on its public consultation about investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. The consultation was conducted online over a period of 15 weeks (March-July 2014), during which the Commission received nearly 150,000 submissions.
- Critical QuestionsJan 23, 2015
Last year, Boko Haram brazenly kidnapped 276 teenage girls from their school in the middle of the night, prompting international outrage and bringing the dangers of Boko Haram further to the fore of international security conversations. At least 200 of the girls remain missing, feared trafficked or sold into sex slavery.
- What to Know about the New White House Executive Order on Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the ArcticCritical QuestionsJan 22, 2015
While much of the domestic and foreign analytical focus has been on the president’s State of the Union address, you may have a missed a White House Executive Order (E.O.) released today, which creates a new mechanism to coordinate U.S. Arctic policy.
- Critical QuestionsDec 17, 2014
Wednesday morning (December 17), USAID contractor Alan Gross boarded a Washington-bound plane upon his release from Cuban prison on humanitarian grounds.
This news was already groundbreaking—but what would unfold in the following hours was even more so.
- Critical QuestionsDec 15, 2014
On December 14 Japan’s ruling coalition won a convincing victory in an election for the Lower House of the Diet (parliament), consolidating Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s power and raising expectations for his policy agenda centered on economic revitalization.
- Critical QuestionsDec 11, 2014
On December 11, Bloomberg News reported that swaps traders are more certain than ever that Venezuela will default on its debt as falling oil prices add pressure to already-strained government finances and drive the country’s bond prices to a 16-year low.
- Critical QuestionsDec 9, 2014
Beijing is fast approaching a December 15 deadline to submit its defense in the arbitration case against its South China Sea claims brought by the Philippines. That case, brought under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’s (UNCLOS) compulsory dispute mechanism, is summarized here.
- Critical QuestionsBy Bonnie S. Glaser, Jacqueline VitelloDec 1, 2014
Q1: What was the outcome of Taiwan’s local elections held on November 29?
- The West Siberia Gas Supply Deal on the Horizon for Russia and China: Is a Friend in Need a Friend Indeed?Critical QuestionsNov 24, 2014
On the sidelines of the summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders in Beijing on November 9 came a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Russia’s Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) for natural gas supply from West Siberia.