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Gideon Rachman on Books and Writing

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Taylor Dibbert

Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times. You recently published Easternisation. Would you tell us a little bit ...

Why a Bipolar World Is More Likely Than a Unipolar or Multipolar One

Yan Xuetong | Posted 06.22.2015 | Home
Yan Xuetong

BEIJING -- U.S. global dominance will gradually weaken and eurocentric standards in international norms will increasingly give way to pluralist standards. The decline of global organizations and the rise of regional ones will take place simultaneously.

The Global Order Can Only Be Saved If New Powers Are Let In

Kofi Annan | Posted 03.31.2015 | Home
Kofi Annan

GENEVA -- The Security Council must be enlarged, and developing countries should be given greater voting rights in the Bretton Woods institutions: the IMF and the World Bank. In exchange, the world's newest powers must begin to take on a greater share of responsibility for the global order upon which their success depends. They can no longer stand on the sidelines, denouncing the injustices of the past. Instead, they must join their peers in building the future.

A New Party for the Global Era

Indra Adnan | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Indra Adnan

How can those of us who feel like global citizens already -- which is not everyone, granted -- begin to act like global citizens?

A Silver Lining for the Ebola Crisis?

Wikistrat | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact

The dark cloud that is the Ebola epidemic hanging over West Africa, and moving into Europe and the United States, could have a silver lining if global leaders have the wisdom and courage to act.

On Japan and China: Taking a Stand, Not Taking Sides

Gareth Evans | Posted 08.14.2014 | Home
Gareth Evans

We have not yet seen any renewed attempt to re-establish the "Quadrilateral Security Dialogue," comprising Japan, Australia, the U.S., and India, which conducted joint military exercises in 2007 and was seen by China as a hostile containment enterprise. But it is not hard to imagine that this is still very much on Abe's wish list. The dangers should not be exaggerated. But, with strategic competition between the U.S. and China as delicately poised as it is, and with the economic interests of Australia, Japan, and many others in the region bound up just as intensely with China as their security interests are with the U.S., rocking the boat carries serious risks.

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

History Returns With A Vengeance to Northeast Asia

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 06.22.2014 | Home
H.E. Yun Byung-se

Misguided nationalism is rearing its ugly head in some instances. The political dynamics of the region is shaking the geopolitical plate from under the surface. Dr. Kissinger once said, "history knows no resting places and plateaus." To me, history knows no end. Here in Northeast Asia, it is returning with a vengeance.

Understanding Putin

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 05.10.2014 | Home
Joseph B. Kadane

Territorial and political expansion are apparently in the DNA of the Russian state. Russia has for centuries been a danger to its neighbors, and continues to be.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 12.18.2014 | Taste
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

Art in Diplomacy ( ...Not "as" Diplomacy)

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

The context for our purpose here is diplomacy. Many think of art as diplomacy. That's romantic and untrue. Diplomacy is diplomacy. But art has unique ability in the hands of the diplomat as shepherd and producer: It also creates context.

The Lessons of Afghanistan: The Post-War Deluge of Ambiguity

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 02.07.2013 | Home
Nake M. Kamrany

Post-war Afghanistan can be described as an overflow of ambiguities. The country should invest all of their energy into education for the youth, an emphasis on ethical understanding and a passionate commitment to justice and liberty for all.

Governments, Wake Up!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 10.12.2011 | Home
Patricia DeGennaro

The idiom "the calm before the storm" signifies a quiet period before great excitement or activity. In case our leaders are missing it, the calm is o...

One Year Later: The Green Movement Goes On

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cynthia Boaz

I was one of millions around the world who watched last summer's Green Revolution unfolding on the streets of Iran with high hopes for a swift and blo...

Honduras: Coup D'etat Murder, Mayhem and Lost Civil Liberties

Lys Anzia | Posted 01.30.2012 | Home
Lys Anzia

Due to the current military state of affairs since June, the World Bank has now completely "paused its lending" to Honduras. This means that numerous humanitarian programs aimed at helping women and children have been completely stopped.

At the Opening Ceremony: Did China Rediscover Its Soul?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Doctoroff

The night belonged to the People's Republic. On 08/08/08, a nation articulated its spirit with brio. After decades of trauma and self-doubt, China may finally be willing to, armed with confidence, embrace the world.

My Talk with Fareed Zakaria: Obama Must Face A Post-American World

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

I talked with Zakaria about what Obama faces as president: he will have to deal with China, India, and the developing world as they aspire to catch up with America.