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Taking Aim at Russia's 'Underbelly'

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 03.10.2017 | Home
Jonathan Marshall

Two hundred years after the "Great Game" for domination of Central Asia began with the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813, Washington is maneuvering to incr...

How the World Looks From the Russian Perspective

Sergey Karaganov | Posted 02.15.2017 | Home
Sergey Karaganov

MOSCOW -- The era that began with the end of the Second World War is now over. That period was characterized by a relatively orderly and stable system of confrontation. In fact, the end of the Cold War did not mean the emergence of a new order. There was a hope that the main centers of power would establish relations based largely on cooperation. Instead, an attempt was made to build a unipolar world, which predictably failed. To all appearances, the world is now being swept by a wave of turbulence and fierce competition, if not a struggle of all against all.

President Obama, the Iranian People and the Nuclear Agreement

Amir Madani | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Amir Madani

President Obama and the people of Iran have stood throughout as the strong pillars of these negotiations. It is not easy to tell if President Obama is more popular in the U.S. or in Tehran.

Why China's Key Role in BRICS Does Not Threaten U.S. Power

Sara Hsu | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Sara Hsu

The BRICS nations convened in the Russian city of Ufa for the BRICS Summit last week to discuss cooperation on international and regional issues of common interest. The BRICS meeting was held in conjunction with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and represents the seventh formal meeting of the BRICS nations. The meetings discussed several issues of central importance to China. While China's role in the BRICS alliance may be viewed as an attempt to build up its own power outside of U.S.-dominated institutions, we believe this perspective is simplistic.

Why the China/Russia Rapprochement Won't Last

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.10.2015 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Being a big believer in the lessons taught by history, I'm inclined to think that the current 'love fest' between China and Russia will probably have a limited shelf life.

Marching West: Regional Integration in Central Asia

China Hands | Posted 01.13.2014 | Home
China Hands

As the United States continues its pivot to the Pacific, China seems to be turning westward.

China Stakes Out Silk Road Riches as Deal Maker Xi Charms Central Asia

Barry D. Wood | Posted 11.30.2013 | Home
Barry D. Wood

Two years ago then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled her own Silk Road initiative, which called for integrating Afghanistan into the booming economies of the broader region. That integration remains problematic and as Xi's low-key tour suggests it is likely to occur only with China playing the leading role.

Exporting Repression

Freedom House | Posted 05.26.2013 | Home
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to rep...

Turkey, Weary of the EU, Tiptoes Towards the Shanghai Five

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 03.31.2013 | Home
Yavuz Baydar

Turkey's popular, charismatic and impulsive prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, never ceases to surprise. His recent bombshell was about Turky's flirtation with the "Shanghai Five," The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

China, Iran and Sanctions: What's a Rising Power to Do?

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Lynch

Why is China so hesitant to support sanctions against Iran? History, geo-politics and economic ties are what set China apart from its Security Council brethren.

The Global Tug-of-War Over Iran

Pye Ian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pye Ian

With regard to the Obama administration's next moves towards Iran, at the very least the utmost prudence must be exercised, and unprecedented diplomacy deployed, in order to preserve the American and Western way of life.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Round-Up

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs : What to Make of Iran's Post-Election Uproar Facts: Incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quickly declared the...

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs:A Failed Mexican State? Facts: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Mexico and committed more U...

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs:Quagmire of the year: Hamas-Israel There is an endless amount of news this week dealing with Israelis and Pa...