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China’s Economic Path Forward

How to facilitate Chinese efforts to promote its economic interests

21/09/2012 | by Youfa Liu | China, Economy and Finance

China has been fine-tuning its national economic structure to increase its competitiveness in the world economy and take advantage of the immense potential of global industrial production chains. The financial crisis has given China an additional boost: bestowing Beijing with more equal footing in economic governance institutions, offering favorable conditions for further national development, and facilitating China’s efforts to protect and promote its national interests.

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The Time Is Not Yet Ripe
The Time Is Not Yet Ripe

Why a sounder coercive diplomacy against Iran might prevent war

16/02/2012 | by Jean-Loup Samaan | Iran, Conflicts and Strategies

A newer, more aggressive light has been cast upon the dilemma that a nuclear Iran presents the world; now, however, is no time to attack. There is much doubt regarding the efficacy of missile strikes on Iranian nuclear sites. The United States and Israel should “speak softly” and let sanctions, and their military capabilities, do the talking.


Nuclear Mercenaries
WMD expertise goes to the highest bidder
28/11/2011 | by Hans Rühle
The next Nuclear Security Summit will be held in South Korea in 2012. As with the previous summit in April 2010, it will bring together many heads of state to discuss how to secure nuclear materials. US President Barack Obama will once again warn of the dangers of nuclear terrorism and promote greater nuclear transparency. Ultimately, however, this huge event is likely to end just as inconclusively as last year’s summit in Washington.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Asia
America or Asia?
How an old hegemon can cooperate with the new super power China
31/10/2011 | by Maximilian Terhalle
How steady is the “liberal leviathan” United States? Will the “American world order” persist? And what distinguishes power and hegemony in the 21st century? Despite Asia’s continuing rise, three notable authors are certain that America will remain the essential world power.
Category Trade, Government and Society, Finance, Economy and Finance, United States of America, China, East Asia, Asia, North America
Between Confrontation and Cooperation
Is there a security role for the European Union on the Korean Peninsula?
With the Six-Party Talks at a stalemate, the European Union may need to step in with soft diplomacy. As the security environment on the Korean Peninsula deteriorates, more active engagement from the European Union could contribute to the long-term stability of the peninsula.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Fragile States, European Union, Conflicts and Strategies, Asia, South Korea, North Korea, East Asia
From Shared Tragedy to Catharsis?
The best post-tsunami scenario would be reconciliation in Asia
01/01/2005 | by Ramesh Thakur
The loss of 280,000 lives might even bring Jakarta and Aceh, Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers closer together. The main spur to the generosity of governments and peoples alike around the world was the sense of shared loss and the desire to help the survivors. It can only be hoped that the tsunami of human solidarity will now be converted into longer lasting institutions of cooperation in the whole Asia-Pacific region.
Category Government and Society, South Asia, Asia
The North Korean Nuclear State
01/05/2004 | by Frank Umbach
Following Pakistan’s recent revelations about trading nuclear for missile technology with North Korea, the crisis on the Korean peninsula has intensified. As six-way talks were scheduled to resume in late February, the World Food Program—which has long been feeding six million North Koreans to stave off starvation—appealed for more aid, as international donors began to balk at pouring humanitarian money into a country that spends its own money on weapons.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, North Korea, China, East Asia, Asia