Tuesday, December 23, 2014
  1. Why Cuba Turned

    Jorge G. Castañeda

    Why Cuba Turned

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     argues that plunging oil prices gave President Raúl Castro no choice but to mend ties with the US.

    US Cuba normalize relations Charles Trainor Jr/ZumaPress

    The agreement between the US and Cuba to resume diplomatic relations looks like a victory for the communist island. But that conclusion leaves out a crucial variable: the collapse in the price of oil, which leaves Cuba economically vulnerable and increases the likelihood of political change. READ MORE

  2. Unlocking ASEAN’s Potential

    Kishore Mahbubani

    Unlocking ASEAN’s Potential

    &  on how southeast Asia's emerging bloc can achieve its ambitious goal of creating an open market.

    Unlocking doors sea turtle/Flickr

    For decades, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been asking whether ten countries with different cultures, political systems, and levels of economic development can act in concert to expand their collective potential. Judging by their leaders' ambitious vision for cooperation, the answer may be yes. READ MORE

  3. Xi’s Reform Gambit

    Andrew Sheng

    Xi’s Reform Gambit

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    &  compare Chinese President Xi Jinping's reform ambitions to those of Deng Xiaping.

    Xi Jinping nznationalparty/Flickr

    When Deng Xiaoping initiated China’s market-oriented reforms 35 years ago, he was taking the biggest political risk since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Now that President Xi Jinping has initiated his own, equally risky program of reform, one must ask whether his strategy, too, will pay off. READ MORE

  4. Standing Up to Illiberalism

    Chris Patten

    Standing Up to Illiberalism

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     urges Western democracies to prove themselves in the face of waning global confidence.

    Democracy sculpture Ravenhart/Flickr

    In a widely cited speech this summer, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made the case for an "illiberal state," in contrast to failed "liberal democracies." His remarks are an echo of a widely spreading unease in the West that must be countered with robust action. READ MORE

  5. Putin’s Rules of Attraction

    Joseph S. Nye

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