Friday, March 6, 2015
  1. Trashing the ASEAN Brand

    Gareth Evans

    Trashing the ASEAN Brand

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     warns that political backsliding in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia harms the entire region.

    Buddha trash bag Janne Moren/Flickr

    Three of Southeast Asia's most important states – Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia – are raising serious doubts about their commitment to the rule of law, the integrity of their judicial systems, and the quality of mercy in the administration of justice. Worse, their political backsliding jeopardizes the entire region's prospects. READ MORE

  2. Japan’s Sensitive Military Normalization

    Jamie Metzl

    Japan’s Sensitive Military Normalization

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     says that seven decades of exemplary behavior cannot overcome opposition to a new defense posture.

    Japan self defense force officers U.S. Pacific Fleet/Flickr

    Given the threats that Japan faces – and its exemplary record of responsible behavior since WWII – constitutional constraints on its ability to defend itself should be eased. But overcoming opposition to Japan's military normalization will require the country to demonstrate that it has come to terms fully with its wartime record. READ MORE

  3. Bibi Goes to Washington

    Ian Buruma

    Bibi Goes to Washington

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     says that, by alienating the US president, Israel's prime minister may have done both countries a favor.

    Netanyahu US Congress Yin Bogu/ZumaPress

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's ill-considered decision to accept congressional Republicans' invitation to Washington might be the best thing that could happen to Israel. It is in neither country's interest to be seen as the other's pawn. READ MORE

  4. The Perilous Politics of the Euro

    Andrés Velasco

    The Perilous Politics of the Euro

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     wonders whether the common currency will abort the political union that it was meant to advance.

    Euro currency Kevin Harber/Flickr

    The jury is still out on whether Greece will manage to avoid default, remain in the eurozone, and reverse the brutal contraction of its economy. But any fair panel already would have issued a verdict on the political consequences of the common currency: utter failure. READ MORE

  5. Europe’s Sovereignty Illusion

    Javier Solana

    Europe’s Sovereignty Illusion

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     calls out European leaders who believe that purely national solutions are still possible.

    Column people illusion Tinou Bao/Flickr

    The European Union has taken democratic integration – driven by the free will of its members, rather than military force – to unprecedented levels, securing its place at the forefront of institutional innovation. But today, sentiment in the EU seems to lean toward “conflict," rather than “cooperation." READ MORE

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