Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  1. The Gaza Trap

    Shlomo Ben-Ami
  2. Abe’s Asian Gambit

    Gareth Evans

    Abe’s Asian Gambit


     explores the potential risks stemming from Japan's international muscle-flexing.

    Shinzo Abe Visits Yasukuni Shrine Koichi Kamoshida/ZumaPress

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s makeover of Japanese foreign policy ranks among the most important recent global developments. But, the process must be very carefully managed by all concerned, including the US and Japan's other Asia-Pacific allies, lest it upset the fragile balance that holds the Sino-American rivalry in check. READ MORE

  3. Peru’s Self-Sabotage

    César Gamboa

    Peru’s Self-Sabotage


     criticizes the Humala government's shortsighted economic-growth strategy.

    Peru Child Fabio Silva/Flickr

    Peru may be among Latin America’s fastest-growing economies today, but its long-term prosperity is far from certain – not least because its economy is largely dependent on the export of raw materials and hydrocarbons. Worse, though the government recognizes the need to pursue growth-enhancing reform, its approach is all wrong. READ MORE

  4. The Gallic Heart of Europe

    Javier Solana

    The Gallic Heart of Europe


     on why France needs Europe more than ever, and why Europe cannot survive without France.

    Eiffel Tower Bastille Day Etienne Laurent/ZumaPress

    Perhaps because of its very relevance to the making of Europe, France mistrusts the changes taking place around it – as though the weight of its nationhood were narrowing its horizons. But no country today can remain isolated from globalization, tame it, or lead it alone. So France must look again to Europe and political union. READ MORE

  5. The New Neutrality

    Yuriko Koike

    The New Neutrality


     takes Germany and South Korea to task for downgrading their traditional alliance ties.

    Angela Merkel Park Geun-hye Gregor Fischer/ZumaPress

    Countries join alliances, or entities such as the European Union, because these groups make the benefits and obligations of membership as unambiguous as anything in international relations can be. For Germany and South Korea, however, ties to historic alliances – NATO and the US, respectively – appear to be changing before our eyes. READ MORE

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