Friday, January 30, 2015
  1. The Keys to Maintaining the Kingdom

    Christopher R. Hill

    The Keys to Maintaining the Kingdom


     wants US policy toward post-Abdullah Saudi Arabia to be based on realistic goals and expectations.

    President Obama King Salman meet Xinhua/ZumaPress

    As with all political successions, Saudi Arabia’s was inevitable. But it was not inevitable that King Abdullah’s demise – and the emergence of Crown Prince Salman as his heir to the throne – should come at a time of peak instability in a region already buffeted by the type of change that the House of Saud welcomes least of all. READ MORE

  2. The Bookies and the British Election

    Chris Patten

    The Bookies and the British Election


     examines why the vote in May is too close to call.

    Newsart for The Bookies and the British Election James Blunt/Flickr

    The British general election in May is too close to call, mainly owing to declining support for the two major parties, Labour and the Conservatives, and the rise of populist parties on their flanks. So, though economic recovery should benefit Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, that might not be enough to ensure victory. READ MORE

  3. Russia’s Preemptive Counter-Revolution

    Alexander Etkind
  4. China’s Reform Stalemate

    Keyu Jin

    China’s Reform Stalemate


     describes how bureaucrats are subtly resisting the shift in power from government to markets.

    Chess pieces stalemate Harikrishnan Bhaskaran/Flickr

    China’s reform program has reached an impasse, with fundamental conflicts of interest and subtle resistance mechanisms blocking progress. Until these barriers to change are removed, there is little hope that China’s slowing economy can rely on reforms to give it the push it needs. READ MORE

  5. How France Will Reform

    Manuel Valls

    How France Will Reform


     explains the goals and priorities shaping the French government's policy agenda.

    Eiffel tower Sathish J/Flickr

    As globalization transforms the world economy, France must adapt in order to enable its businesses to compete abroad as well as at home. But reform does not mean giving in to external pressure, or giving up what makes France French. READ MORE

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