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 QuestionsBy Sharon Squassoni, Bobby KimMar 11, 2014
Since the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11th, 2011, the outlook for nuclear power in Japan has been uncertain. Despite efforts by the Japanese government and industry to institutionalize change, the public remains skeptical. Public opposition to restarting the reactors has fallen from 80% but still hovers between 55 and 60%.
- Critical QuestionsBy Ellen Kim, Sang Jun Lee and Andy LimFeb 27, 2014
Starting from 5:42pm (local time in Seoul) on February 27, North Korea conducted a series of short-range ballistic missile tests. The South Korean military has announced that the North appears to have launched four Scud missiles from the Gitdaeryeong area in the country's southeastern coast toward the sea.
- Critical QuestionsBy Daniel F. Runde, Amasia ZargarianFeb 26, 2014
Over the last 30 years, the private sector has emerged as an indisputable driver of global development. The prominence of the private sector is no exception in Canada: looking at some of the most significant Canadian industries (e.g., mining and telecommunications), it is clear that a considerable part of Canada’s economic future lies in emerging economies.
- Critical QuestionsFeb 24, 2014
Q1: Is this a new Cold War?
- Critical QuestionsFeb 21, 2014
Over the past two weeks, it seems that all attention on the Western Hemisphere has focused on the unfolding political crisis in Venezuela—and for good reason. Venezuelans have taken to the streets to protest a range of topics ranging from human rights to the current economic chaos.
- Critical QuestionsFeb 13, 2014
Rakhine State in western Myanmar has been the site of repeated outbreaks of violence between the Buddhists majority and its Muslim Rohingya minority, most recently on January 13. The details of what happened remain unclear, but it seems that dozens were killed. This follows widespread violence in 2012 that left more than 200 dead and 140,000 displaced.
- Critical QuestionsFeb 5, 2014
Last week, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address, summarizing the U.S. relationship with the Americas in one line—as “building new ties of commerce [and] also expanding cultural and educational exchanges amongst young people.”
- Critical QuestionsBy Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Meredith BoyleFeb 4, 2014
The Government of France is poised to readjust its military presence in the Sahel region of Africa. Prompted by perceived terrorist threats and risks to French and European interests, the re-organization may have significant implications for future U.S. Government policy and French-American cooperation in the region.
- Critical QuestionsJan 29, 2014
This Sunday, February 2, almost 5 million Salvadorans will head to the polls to elect the Central American country’s next president and vice-president.
- Critical QuestionsBy Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Garrett RibaJan 27, 2014
Last December, 3 bombings in the Russian cities of Volgograd and Pyatigorsk killed over 30 people, igniting fears of potential terrorist attacks at the 2014 Winter Olympics in nearby Sochi.